1850’s Cricket match

1850’s Cricket match

by Mark Wardell

Anon: Cricket match on Turnham Green, Christchurch, 1850s

Very little is known about this cricket match painting, which is in the archive at Chiswick Library. We do not know who painted the picture, nor by whom it was commissioned or initially owned. It was donated to the library by a local resident who was down-sizing and hoped that the painting could go on public display.

In terms of putting a date on the painting, it was definitely produced after 1843, which was when Christchurch was built; but anything beyond that is somewhat speculative. The full crinolines might suggest the 1850s. *

The martial figures might suggest that it was painted during the period when Turnham Green was home to a militia barracks, situated on Heathfield Terrace near the current Post Office, between 1854 and 1878. But their presence might also be connected to the nature of the cricket match depicted, which appears to be taking place between a French team (their flag flying on the left-hand side of the picture) and a team flying the Red Ensign (in use until 1864 by both the Royal Navy and the merchant navy, and only by the la