Francis Hayman RA (1708–1776)
A Cricket Match at Mary-le-Bone Fields
Oil on canvas
On loan from Marylebone Cricket Club
An early depiction of a cricket match set in a tree-lined field traditionally thought to be London’s Marylebone Fields (now Regent’s Park). Hayman depicts a number of key features that are characteristic of early cricket including the curved bats, the two stump wicket and scorers notching stick. The underarm bowling and umpires holding bats were also prominent aspects of the early game, devised in the mid-eighteenth century. Hayman’s painting was used as a template for many depictions of cricket during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.