“Cricket in Marylebone Fields, 1748” is the earliest known depiction of a cricket match and this engraved reproduction shows that this 1748 game bore a strong resemblance to the game as played today. This engraving is an early depiction of a cricket match set in a field traditionally thought to be London’s Marylebone Fields.
The artist, Francis Hayman (1708 – 1776) depicts the critical characteristic of early cricket including the curved bats, the two stump wicket and scorers notching stick. The underarm bowling and umpires holding bats were also prominent aspects of the early game. Hayman’s painting was first engraved in 1748 by Charles Grignion the Elder (1721–1810) a prolific historical engraver and book illustrator.
- Title: Cricket in Marylebone Fields, 1748
- Year: 1748
- Engraver: Charles Grignion the Elder (1721–1810)
- Painter: Francis Hayman (1708 – 1776)
- Museum: National Sports Museum
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