John Robertson Reid

A Country Cricket Match

1878

In Tate Britain

Artist
John Robertson Reid 1851–1926
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1067 × 1816 mm
frame: 1510 × 2275 × 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Reference
N01557

Display caption

Robertson Reid was a Scottish artist who lived in the south of England during the 1870s. He depicted rural community life in an almost documentary style of painting. This scene is set in Ashington in Sussex. Reid shows villagers socialising, either playing or watching the cricket match. Despite the name of the work, the focus appears to be the interaction of a carefully staged group in the foreground. Figures of different ages and social classes socialise together, including wealthy landowners and agricultural workers.

Gallery label, November 2019

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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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