Australian Team v Willsher’s Gentlemen, Chilham Castle, Kent, 1878. Painted by William Andrews Nesfield (1793-1881), artist and landscape architect.
Like me, Nesfield was born in Durham, although on a different side of the tracks. He was educated at Durham School, a school I know well. The Posh School. His father was rector of a church very close to the pit where my dad first worked, which was in operation at the time.
Nesfield fought under Wellington, subject of a previous patchwork, at Waterloo.
None of the men in my life like cricket, but I think I would like it, if I ever tried it out. Watching, that is, not playing.
In 2014, shortly after the England Women’s team retained The Ashes (despite actually having day jobs at the same time), the top handful of players were made full-time professionals. Yay! Now they earned the same as junior county professionals in the men’s game. They won The Ashes. They won The Ashes, whilst doing day jobs.
This is the tenth square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.
All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.
The square was cut from Two Hundred Years Of Heritage Stamps, published by Royal Mail/Australia Post in 1988. I have not made a copy, this is the actual page, making the square 38 years old.