THE VILLAGE TEAM, 1856 - GREETING CARD & ENVELOPE
The Village Team, 1856
William Henry Knight (1823-63)
Oil on panel
The painting shows four young boys playing cricket with a mother and three children sitting behind watching the game. A dog and a basket of eggs are in the foreground of the picture, with a cottage in the far distance. The bowler is delivering the ball underarm and it would be another eight years before overarm bowling was legitimised by MCC.
The artist, William Henry Knight, was a genre painter and concentrated his works on paintings of children at play. Despite initially training to be a solicitor, Knight was encouraged to continue his artistic works when two of his paintings were accepted by the annual exhibition of the Society of Artists. Consequently, Knight enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1846 and 1862.
Photo Credit: MCC / Bridgeman Art Library
© MCC 2019
Dimensions: 5¾ʺ x 4⅛ʺ (15.2 x 10.5 cm)