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Witanhurst tennis game

Judges playing tennis internationals at Lady Crosfields house Witanhurst in Highate Village, north west London. Here the first fixture of the newly formed Bar Lawn Tennis Association is seen in progress, with Witanhurst in its magnificent setting above the tennis courts. The players are Mr. F. D. C Nation-Dixon and Mr. Montagu Temple, captain of the Bar Lawn Tennis Association. Date: 1950

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In this elegant image from 1950, we find ourselves transported to the picturesque village of Highgate in north west London, where the first fixture of the newly formed Bar Lawn Tennis Association is taking place at Lady Crosfield's magnificent residence, Witanhurst. Nestled above the meticulously manicured tennis courts, Witanhurst exudes an air of refined sophistication, its grandeur a fitting backdrop for this international tennis match. Two esteemed players, Mr. F.D.C. Nation-Dixon and Mr. Montagu Temple, captain of the Bar Lawn Tennis Association, engage in a spirited game, their focused expressions and athletic poses a testament to their skill and determination on the court. The verdant lawn, dotted with the occasional flowering shrub, adds to the idyllic scene, while the blue sky overhead provides a sense of openness and freedom. The Bar Lawn Tennis Association, a burgeoning organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of the sport, was in its infancy at this time, and this fixture at Witanhurst marked an important milestone in its history. The image captures a moment of timeless grace and elegance, a snapshot of a bygone era when tennis was a quintessentially English pastime, played out in the most beautiful and prestigious settings. This photograph, with its evocative sense of history and tradition, invites us to appreciate the enduring allure of tennis and the beauty of the English countryside, even as we marvel at the skill and athleticism of the players on display. A truly captivating image, it offers a glimpse into the past, while reminding us of the enduring appeal of this classic sport.

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