John Robertson ReidA Country Cricket Match 1878

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Artist
John Robertson Reid (1851‑1926)
Title
A Country Cricket Match
Date 1878
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1067 x 1816 mm frame: 1510 x 2275 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Reference
N01557
Not on display

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Robertson Reid was one of several Scottish artists who lived in the south of England during the 1870s, and who revived an almost documentary manner of painting rural life. He painted this scene at Ashington in Sussex. Reid delighted in details of folk life and showing the varied social strata that made up the rural community. Here he shows the villagers as a social unit, either playing or watching the cricket match. In fact the match itself is secondary to the interaction of a carefully staged group of characters in the foreground, which includes local gentry, milkmaids and shepherds.

September 2004

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