John Robertson Reid

A Country Cricket Match

1878

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1067 x 1816 mm
frame: 1510 x 2275 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Reference
N01557

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N01557 A COUNTRY CRICKET MATCH, SUSSEX 1878

Incr. ‘John R. Reid 78.’ b.l.
Canvas, 42×71 1/2 (106·6×181·5).
Tate Gift 1894.
Exh: R.A., 1878 (77).
Repr: Art Journal, 1884, engr. J. C. Griffiths p.268; Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, III, 1900, p.229.

Painted at Ashington in Sussex.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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