Thursday, 31 May 2012

Captain of the Eleven

This Victorian boy hasn't a clue how to hold a cricket bat - and where are his bails? -, but it is still a fine painting of historical interest and deserves a place in a major UK art gallery, such as Tate Britain. Philip Hermogenes Calderon RA painted Captain of the Eleven in 1882. Thomas Barratt, considered the father of modern advertising, acquired the work for soap manufacturer A & F Pears. He also acquired Millais’ memorable Bubbles for the company. Calderon's painting passed into the hands of a Blackpool councillor and school governer, who donated it to the school in 1926. It has hung in obscurity ever since. Now short of funds, the school has decided to sell the painting. It comes up for grabs in Bonhams London sale of 19th Century Paintings on 11 July, estmated value £100,000 to £150,000 (CLICK).

2 Comments:

At 31/5/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he was already out and the bails have fallen somewhere and the ball is in the undergrowth. Anyway it's a fine painting and shows the Turner lot what real art is. Hope it stays in the country.

 
At 31/5/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

He must have blinked! He's still waiting for a serve.

 

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