Walter Stephens Lethbridge (British, 1771-circa 1831) A Young Boy, standing before a house and stables, wearing black shoes, buff breeches, dark blue jacket and white collar with frilled edge, his cricket bat in his right hand, a ball held aloft in his left
Lot 97Y
Walter Stephens Lethbridge
(British, 1771-circa 1831)
A Young Boy, standing before a house and stables, wearing black shoes, buff breeches, dark blue jacket and white collar with frilled edge, his cricket bat in his right hand, a ball held aloft in his left
£3,000 - 5,000
US$ 5,000 - 8,400
withdrawn
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Lot Details
Walter Stephens Lethbridge (British, 1771-circa 1831)
A Young Boy, standing before a house and stables, wearing black shoes, buff breeches, dark blue jacket and white collar with frilled edge, his cricket bat in his right hand, a ball held aloft in his left.
Gilt-metal mount.
Oval, 128mm (5 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Prince Edward, son of Edward 'Longshanks' I, is known to have played a game called 'creag' at Newenden, Kent in 1301 and there has been speculation that 'creag' was an early form of cricket. A court case of 1598 mentions that 'creckett' was played by children on a plot of land at the Royal Grammar School at Guildford, Surrey as early as c.1550. Subsequent references dating to c.1610 indicate that cricket had become an adult sport and the earliest reference to inter-parish or village cricket occurs soon afterwards.

    By 1800, cricket was firmly established in all public and most grammar schools since it was considered a useful method for keeping boys occupied and out of mischief despite the game's strong gambling associations. By the early 1830s, cricket had become a social highlight for many and the main public schools such as Charterhouse, Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Westminster and Winchester took great pride in their abilities. Among prominent amateurs of the Napoleonic period, noted 'old boys' include Etonians, E H Budd, John Kirwan and Herbert Jenner; Harrow's Edward Grimston, Charles Harenc and Charles Wordsworth and Wykehamists (pupils of Winchester), William Meyrick and William Ward. The colleges, Cheltenham, Malvern and Marlborough; and schools, Shrewsbury, Tonbridge and Whitgift were also noted for their cricketing prowess during the 19th century.

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