[Eton St. Andrew's Day.]
London, Published Jan.y 1st 1888 by Mess.rs Dickensons, Publishers to the Queen, 114 New Bond Street W. Copyright Registered.
Etching, proof limited.edition on vellum, signed by the engraver. 400 x 570mm, 15˝ x 22˝mm.
Having been commissioned to do a series of pictures of public schools, Hemy (1852-1937) spoke to the pupils to discover what interested them. Thus at Eton he chose to draw the Wall Game. He wrote: "Everyone has heard of the Wall Game at Eton; it is played nowhere else, and I think is the most exciting of games, but difficult to understand, very. I thought on St. Andrews Day, which is the match day of the year, when the game is played between the Oppidans and the Collegians, that I had some chance of getting some information from an outsider, as I saw a man who appeared to be busy reporting this game; and I immediately interrogated him as to what it all meant. His reply was, although he had been reporting it for quite a number of years, he knew nothing about the points of the game; so I suppose he did with his notes as I with my pictures - handed them over to the players themselves for revision". The image shows the college and the Eton Wall Game.
PSA 235 Limited. Edition
[Ref: 8560] £380.00