The Kent Eleven, Champions, 1906.
Swann Electric Engraving Co. Ltd. Sculpt. [n.d.1907]
Photogravure 570 x 980mm, 22½ x 38½ inches.
Kent Vs. Lancashire, Albert Chevallier Tayler’s scene of the cricket match between Kent and Lancashire at Canterbury in 1906 is regarded by some as the ultimate example of this genre. The special nature of Chevallier Tayler’s Canterbury painting stems in part from the fact that here we have identifiable players in credible poses on the field of play, several of them household names. THE CRICKETERS - KENT Edward William “Ted” Dillon (amateur), Cuthbert James “Pinky” Burnup (amateur) James “Jim” Seymour (professional) Kenneth Lotherington Hutchings (amateur). At Melbourne in the 1907-08 series, Hutchings, who, like Blythe, was to become a widely-mourned First World War casualty, scored one of the most attractive centuries in the history of England v Australia Test matches. John Richard Mason (amateur), Edward “Punter” Humphreys (professional),Richard Norman Rowsell “Dick” Blaker (amateur) , Cloudesley Henry Bullock “Slug” Marsham (amateur) , Frederick Henry Huish (professional) , Colin “Charlie” Blythe (professional). Blythe shared the role of England’s premier slow left-arm bowler with Wilfred Rhodes in the pre-Great War period. Arthur Fielder (professional) , Fielder, one of England’s fastest bowlers, took all 10 wickets in an innings while playing for the Players against the Gentlemen at Lord’s in July 1906: Hutchings was among his victims. LANCASHIRE BATSMEN - John Thomas Tyldesley (professional) and William “Billy” Findlay (amateur) As a result of the artist’s perfectionism, Billy Findlay modelled the other batsman even though he did not play in this 1906 match at Canterbury. Most of the players depicted were invited to Chevallier Tayler’s St John’s Wood studio, but Lancashire opening batsman Harry Makepeace was unable to attend. UMPIRE - Alfred John Atfield.
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