VILLAGE CRICKET, 1855 - GREETING CARD & ENVELOPE
Village Cricket, 1855
John Ritchie (fl.1841 - 1858)
MCC Collection: bequeathed by Sir Jeremiah Colman, 1947
Oil on canvas
This charming pastoral scene shows cricket being played in an open field with spectators gathered along a woodland track. The location of the match is not known, and it is likely that the artist intended for it to be representative of any village in southern England, the heartland of cricket, and of an earlier time.
Artist John Ritchie was known for his rustic scenes, fascination with sixteenth and seventeenth century costume and attentive imitation of nature.
A keen follower of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Ritchie combines elements of this movement in the subtle detailed rendering of the woodland track and carpet of grass.
Photo Credit: Richard Valencia
© MCC 2019
Dimensions: 5¾ʺ x 4⅛ʺ (15.2 x 10.5cm)