Lot 127

ENGLAND CRICKET XI, 1862.  “The England Eleven Photographed Previous to their Departure for Australia. 1861-62.” An original monochrome photograph, mounted, with each player numbered by hand in red ink, and their corresponding names on printed slips mounted below, 194 x 110mm., framed and glazed, [c.1862]. The players in the photograph, dressed in cricket whites, are Bennett, Mudie, Caffyn, H. H. Stephenson, Griffiths, Iddison, Hearne, F. Stephenson, Lawrence, Mortlock and Sewell. A mysterious moustached figure, standing at the back, dressed in black, wearing a top hat and marked on the photograph with a question mark, is identified on a label beneath as “Mr. Mallam, (Australian Representative.)” "I came across this in a small antique/curio shop in Camberwell in Melbourne while staying with Jeremy Oliver, one of Australia's leading wine writers. A rare photograph of the first English side to visit Australia, in 1862. England's first overseas tour was to Philadelphia in 1859" (H.B.).

Estimate: £300-£500