Sir Henry COTTON


Henry Cotton’s signature

Nicoll Henry Cotton Cavalier 1 Wood owned and played by Henry Cotton

Letter to Henry Cotton about his participation in the

1953 Gleneagles-Saxone Golf Tournament


Two original Oil Paintings painted and signed by Henry Cotton


“He decided he needed a hobby and, inspired by the example of

 Winston Churchill, he decided to take up painting. Unlike Churchill, who

 took professional instruction in technique and obtained all the expert

 advice he could, Cotton determined that he would tackle painting in

the same way that he had made himself a great golfer. He could learn

 through diligence, application and experiment. He had a shed erected

 behind the house, purchased paints and canvases and set to work. He

 was immensely prolific and enthusiastic and inordinately proud of the

 fact that his friends were prepared to buy his paintings. It did not matter

 to him if his pictures were sought only because of their novelty value;

 the fact of a sale meant he was successful. He had little aptitude for

 drawing, as he demonstrated over and over again with his course

 designs, and he loved bright colours for their own sake, regardless of

 their suitability to his subject. He was a big brush man, as might be

 expected from his exuberant personality, and applied the paint thickly

 in bold swathes of colour. Toots, never one to suppress her feelings for

 fear of offending others, was scathing in her criticism of his efforts. She

 absolutely refused to allow one of his paintings into the house,

 remarking that they were totally unworthy to hang beside the van

 Dongen portrait of herself and her Goya sketches.

Cotton applied himself assiduously to painting a portrait of Toots, basing

his approach on the style of van Dongen, but she was not flattered and

 would not entertain the thought of having it indoors. For his own self-

portrait Cotton painted his hair green, his face orange and his lips

 purple. Asked why he had chosen these colours, he answered ‘One of

 my odd whims.’ The painting was put in an exhibition in Paris and

 auctioned for charity.”


From Maestro: The Life of Henry Cotton by Peter Dobereiner


‘Thanks For The Game’ written by Henry Cotton

‘Golf - The Picture Story of The Golf Game’ written by Henry Cotton

‘Golf - A Pictorial History’ written by Henry Cotton

‘Guide To Golf In The British Isles’ written by Henry Cotton

‘The Henry Cotton Celebrity Golf Lesson’ Instructional video

featuring Henry Cotton

Official Catalogue from the Sir Henry Cotton Archive Auction

at Sotheby’s 1996