(MITFORD, Mary Russell) BROCK, C. E.
Oh, they will never do for cricket.
Our Village. A country Cricket match.
The original illustration, signed by the artist, for one of the scenes in Mary Russell Mitford’s “Our Village”, which comprised a series of sketches of country life. Brock’s illustrations form part of the “Series of English Idylls” published by J. M. Dent & Co. The scene depicted illustrates the narrator’s opinion of the gentleman cricketer, as opposed to “capital hitters” such as the village blacksmith. According to Barclay’s World of Cricket, this passage of Mitford’s work (written in the early 19th century) constitutes “the first major prose on the game.”
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Original pen-and-ink watercolour illustration (356 236 mm), in a wash-line mount and gold leaf frame. Margins a little toned. In excellent condition.