Key Plate to W.H. Mason’s Drawing of a Cricket Match at Brighton, between the Counties of Sussex & Kent
About the work
This key was published to accompany the engraving ‘The Cricket Match between Sussex and Kent, at Brighton’ [GAC 7112].
When the main print was published in 1849 ‘The Era’ newspaper included a short piece in praise of the work, which explains that portraits of players 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… Here and there one is conspicuously more athletic or tall than his fellows; such as [cricketer for Kent] A[lfred] Mynn, whose athletic proportions are exhibited by the absence of his coat, and the same may be said of N[icholas] Felix [also a cricketer for Kent], both of whom front a crowd of admirers in everyday apparel. In the play Messrs. E Wenham and Fuller Pilch are battling, and the former is about to strike, while Lilly White is in the act of bowling, and the picture is complete to the minutest particular... the print is fit to hang beside the choicest engravings, and is a gem ...’
About the artist
Charles Jones Basebe may have studied under English painter and writer George Dawe (1781-1829). He was best known as a miniature and portrait painter, and painted a number of portraits of cricketers, several of which are now in the collection at Lord’s Cricket Ground. He also painted a portrait of Prince Albert. Basebe lived in London and Brighton and exhibited 32 works at the Royal Academy and three at the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street from 1835 to 1879. He died at his home in Islington in 1880.
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.