A Cricket Match at Mary-le-bone Fields, 18th century
Francis Hayman (1708-76)
Purchased from James Dark in 1867
Oil on canvas
This famous painting clearly shows a curved bat, two-stump wicket, underarm bowling and scorers standing near the wickets, all of which were prominent features of the early game. The painting was the source of many reproductions including the famous handkerchief bearing the 1744 Code of the Laws of Cricket and the
illustrations which accompanied late 18th- and early 19th-century versions of the Laws. Traditionally believed to depict Mary-le-bone Fields (now The Regent’s Park), the painting may instead show a fictionalised landscape and was purchased from James Dark, proprietor of Lord’s between 1835 and 1864.
Photo credit: © MCC/Bridgeman Art Library
© MCC 2018
This card is blank inside.
Dimensions: 5¾ʺ x 4⅛ʺ (15.2 x 10.5cm)