In 1846, the original painting by William Drummond and Charles Jones Basebe, on which this print is based, was exhibited at the gallery of print seller and publisher Henry Graves and Company in Pall Mall. The painting is now untraced.
When this print was published in 1849, ‘The Era’ newspaper included a short piece in praise of it. The author explained that ‘characteristic portraits of the players engaged in the match’ are included with ‘noble and other gentlemen, patrons of the noble art of cricket. The portraits [are] all taken from life by Mr. W. Drummond and Mr. C. J. Basebe.’ The article goes on to describe the engraving as ‘a gem’.
Portrait painter William Drummond produced a series of portraits of women for the ‘Book of Beauty’ by Charles Theodosius Heath (1785-1848). He also painted portraits of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and novelist William Makepeace Thackery. During the 1830s, Drummond lived at 1 Wellington Terrace, Waterloo Bridge; 15 Beaumont Buildings, Strand; and at 33 Newman Street. He exhibited two works at the Royal Academy, five at the British Institution and seven at the society of British Artists in Suffolk Street.
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