The Cricket Paintings Of Gerry Wright (1931-2015)

Knights are delighted to offer a fine collection of original oil paintings depicting cricket by artist Gerry Wright (1931-2015). Gerry Wright (1931-2015). His vibrant idiosyncratic works have been widely exhibited and are instantly recognisable. His paintings are in the possession of many private collectors.

Born in 1932, Gerry Wright studied in Maidstone and London and at the Beaux Arts Paris. In 1968 he moved to Wiltshire and the landscape formed the background to, and the inspiration for, many of his paintings. Gerry was fascinated by the Golden Age of cricket and his work culminated in the publication of 'Cricket's Golden Summer' in 1985. After moving to Bath in 1987, Gerry continued to paint every day and many of his contemporay works depict the drama and action of todays batsman and bowlers. A fast bowler himself, he was fascinated by bowler's grips and some of those paintings are also offered at this auction. He has painted many of the great cricketers including Bradman, Imran Khan, Viv Richards and Shane Warne. There have been many exhibitions of his work in London and elsewhere and recently an exhibition of his work was held at Lord's. A cricket painting of Wright's hangs in the banqueting room at Lord's.

'Gerry's paintings have a very personal style, concentrating on those most English of subjects, landscapes and cricket'.

Peter Blake RA

Lot 405:
Lot 405
Walker Ellis. Lancashire 1920-1923. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Ellis, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.216.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 406:
Lot 406
Arthur Mounteney. Leicestershire 1911-1924. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Mounteney, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.66.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 407:
Lot 407
George Boyd Franklin Rudd. Leicestershire 1913-1932. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Rudd, head and shoulders wearing Leicestershire cap and blazer. No.157.C. 4"x6". G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 408:
Lot 408
John Herbert King. Leicestershire & England 1895-1925. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of King, head and shoulders wearing England cap and blazer. No.158.C. 4"x6". G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 409:
Lot 409
John William Middleton. Leicestershire 1914-1921. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Middleton, head and shoulders wearing Leicestershire cap and blazer. No.159.C. 4"x6". G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
Lot 410:
Lot 410
Alexander 'Alec' Skelding. Leicestershire 1912-1929. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Skelding, head and shoulders wearing cricket attire and blazer. No.160.C. 4"x6". G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £20
Lot 411:
Lot 411
Albert Lord (real name Callington). Leicestershire 1910-1926. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Lord, full length walking out to bat. No.217.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £45
Callington played under the name 'A. Lord' during his Leicestershire career, a name he adopted on discovering two players named King and Knight already in the team
Lot 412:
Lot 412
George Rubens Cox. Sussex 1895-1928. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Cox, full length walking out to bat. No.55.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 413:
Lot 413
Frederick Somerset Gough 'Freddie' Calthorpe. Cambridge University, Sussex, Warwickshire & England 1911-1930. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Calthorpe, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.142.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £60
Calthorpe was captain of Warwickshire 1920-1929, and also led the M.C.C. tour to the West Indies in 1929/30
Lot 414:
Lot 414
Gerard Alexander Rotherham. Cambridge University, Warwickshire & Wellington 1919-1929. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Rotherham, full length in bowling pose at the crease. No.145.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
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Lot 415
Ernest James 'Tiger' Smith. Warwickshire & England 1904-1930. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Smith, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.153.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
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Lot 416
Frederick Reginald 'Reg' Santall. Warwickshire 1919-1939. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Santall, head and shoulders wearing cricket attire and blazer. No.200.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 417:
Lot 417
Leonard Thomas Ashton Bates. Warwickshire 1913-1935. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Bates, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.201.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 418:
Lot 418
Romilly Lisle Holdsworth. Oxford University, Warwickshire & Sussex 1919-1942. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Holdsworth, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.212.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £75
Lot 419:
Lot 419
Henry Knollys Foster. Oxford University & Worcestershire 1894-1925. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Foster, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.84.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 420:
Lot 420
Frederick Albert 'Dick' Pearson. Worcestershire & Auckland 1900-1926. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Pearson, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.92.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £48
Lot 421:
Lot 421
Maurice Kirshaw Foster. Worcestershire 1908-1936. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Foster, head and shoulders wearing cricket striped blazer. No.102.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £50
Lot 422:
Lot 422
Frederick Lloyd Bowley. Worcestershire 1899-1923. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Bowley, head and shoulders wearing cricket attire and Worcestershire cap. No.103.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 423:
Lot 423
Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby. Worcestershire 1911-1928. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Ponsonby, full length in batting pose at the crease. No.124.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £40
Lot 424:
Lot 424
Maurice Frederick Stewart Jewell. Worcestershire & Sussex 1909-1933. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Jewell, head and shoulders wearing blazer and Worcestershire cap. No.169.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £40
Lot 425:
Lot 425
Philip Francis Cunningham Williams. M.C.C. & Gloucestershire 1906-1925. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Williams, full length in batting pose at the crease. No. 214.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £48
Lot 426:
Lot 426
John William 'Jack' Hearne. Middlesex & England 1909-1936. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Hearne, full length in wearing cricket attire and Middlesex cap holding a ball. No. 48.C. 4"x6". Slight silvering, adhesive marks to verso, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 427:
Lot 427
John Berry Hobbs, Surrey & England 1905-1934. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size real photograph trade card of Hobbs, full length in batting pose. No. 16c. Plain back. 4"x6". Minor ageing, small crease to top left corner, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
Lot 428:
Lot 428
Henry Knollys Foster. Oxford University & Worcestershire 1894-1925. Phillips 'Pinnace' premium issue cabinet size mono real photograph trade card of Andrews, full length in batting pose at the wicket. No. 84.C. 4"x6". VG
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £54
Lot 429:
Lot 429
International signatures. Black file comprising a collection of sixty two postcards, collectors' cards, plain cards etc. Signatures include J. Edrich, A. Bedser, A. Stewart, G. Arnold, V. Marks, B. Rose, G. Miller, R. Subba Row, M. Stewart, M. Denness, A. Razzaq, J. Rudolph, S. Campbell, M. Prior, N. Cook, G. Gooch, S. Mushtaq, D. Kaneira etc. G/VG
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £32
Lot 430:
Lot 430
County and international signatures. Brown file comprising sixty four signatures on postcards, collectors' cards, plain cards etc, the majority 1980s/1990s, with the odd earlier. Signatures include D. Reeve on a Benham Silk cover for the Benson & Hedges Cup Final, 1994. Others include S. Harmison, D. Gower, K. Saxelby, A. Moles, Asif Din, A. Metcalfe, K. Sharp, M. Nicholas, T. Jesty, J. Wright (New Zealand), A. Border, K Wessels (Australia) etc. Earlier signatures include G. Macaulay, K. Cranston and D. Pollard (Lancashire). G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 431:
Lot 431
The Ashes. 'The Magnet album of Test Match Cricketers'. Presented with the Magnet 12th July 1930. Complete with glossy pictures and biographical cuttings laid down throughout. Features the England and Australian players from the 1930 series. Odd faults, generally good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £20
Lot 432:
Lot 432
Cigarette cards. Gallaher's 'Famous Cricketers' 1926, full set of a hundred cards depicting Australians and England players. Barratt & Co. 'Test Cricketers by E.W. Swanton' 1956, complete set of thirty five cards. D.C. Thompson 'County Cricketers' 1957, four complete sets each of sixteen cards issued with 'Adventure', 'The Rover', 'The Wizard' and 'The Hotspur'. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £110
Lot 433:
Lot 433
Ogden's Cigarettes 'Prominent Cricketers of 1938'. Full set of fifty cards loose window mounted, framed and glazed, overall 20"x18". Very good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £28
Lot 434:
Lot 434
Cigarette cards 1908-1938. Large brown photograph album comprising eleven complete sets of cigarette cards. Sets are Wills's 'Cricketers' 1908, small 's' (50 cards). Cohen, Weenan & Co., 'Cricketers' 1926. (25). R. & J. Hill "Sunripe" brand, 'Caricatures of Famous Cricketers' 1926 large series (50). Churchmans 'Famous Cricket Colours' 1928 (25). Ogden's 'Cricket' 1926 (50). Player's 'Cricketers. Caricatures by RIP' 1926 (50). Wills's 'Cricketers' 1928 (50). Players 'Cricketers' 1930 and 1934 (two sets of 50). Ardath 'Cricket, Tennis & Golf Celebrities', U.K. 'grey back' edition 1935 (50). Ogden's 'Prominent Cricketers' 1938 (50). Player's 'Cricketers' 1938 (50). The cards laid down to adhesive album pages in good condition. Viewing essential
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £130
Lot 435:
Lot 435
'Warwickshire Test Cricketers'. Eight cards from the set of twenty five colour trade cards of Warwickshire Test cricketers produced by County Print Services, each signed by the player featured. Signatures are Amiss, Brown, Kallicharran, Jameson, Small, M.J.K. Smith, Willis, and R.E.S. Wyatt. VG
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £38
Lot 436:
Lot 436
Trade cards. Scanlens 'W.S.C. Super Series' cards, full set of 84 plus six original index cards. VG
Estimate: £15/25
Hammer price: £22
Lot 437:
No lot
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Hammer price: withdrawn
Lot 438:
Lot 438
Colin Cowdrey. 'Souvenir match card of the Maidstone Cricket Week 1973 during which Colin Cowdrey scored his 99th and 100th centuries in first class cricket'. Signed in ink to the front by Cowdrey with dedication to John Arlott, 'Thank you for your kindness and the warmth of your support over the years'. Neat annotations in pencil by Arlott. Ex John Arlott collection. Slight creasing to one corner, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £70
Lot 439:
Lot 439
Percy George Herbert Fender. Sussex, Surrey & England 1910-1935. Two page typed letter, dated 18th September 1978, with accompanying typed notes, on London Wine Exchange letterhead, of whom Fender was a director. Fender is writing to offer the services of the business to Arlott for the purchase of wine and cigars, 'it was only last week that... I learned you were an authority on Wine'. The letter is riddled with typing errors, explained in a postscript, 'Please excise typing errors, but as you probably know, I am now blind-- not stone but almist'. Signed in ink by Fender. Ex John Arlott collection. Good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 440:
Lot 440
Irving Rosenwater. Single page handwritten letter to John Arlott, dated 12th September 1978. Rosenwater is writing to thank Arlott for 'by far the most percipient of all the reviews I have seen. At least you have read the book, which is a great deal more than can be said of some others'. Nicely signed by Rosenwater. Ex John Arlott collection. G/VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £45
Lot 441:
Lot 441
William Eric Bowes. Yorkshire & England 1929-1947. Two page typed letter from Bowes to John Arlott dated 18th November 1976. Bowes is writing firstly to apologise for not visiting Arlott on a recent holiday to Jersey due to bad weather. He then thanks Arlott for 'suggesting me as the chap to present the "Viewers' Award" for the Grandstand programme and to Peter Willey', and reports that he has recently heard indirectly that he has been invited to attend the Centenary Test in Melbourne the following year. Bowes signs off, 'Luv [sic] and best wishes, As aye, Bill'. Ex John Arlott collection. G
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 442:
Lot 442
Dilip Rasiklal Doshi. Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire & India 1968-1986. Single page handwritten aerogramme from Doshi, dated 7th November 1978. Writing from his 'Dilip & Brothers' office in Calcutta, Doshi is asking for Arlott's assistance in helping him get a contract with Northamptonshire for the following season. 'Before I left England I had a word with Jim Watts of Northants regarding my future with them. He could say nothing at that stage till they found out what Sarfraz Nawaz was doing! I recently read that Sarfraz had joined Packer and suddenly I have seen a silver lining in the dark cloud above me'. Signed 'Dilip'. Ex John Arlott collection. G
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 443:
Lot 443
Duke of Beaufort. Single page short typed letter to John Arlott dated 9th June 1950. Writing from Badminton, Beaufort says how pleased he is that Arlott is able to attend a cricket match at Badminton on 2nd July (Benefit match for Monty Cranfield, Gloucestershire 1934-1951) and that he has written to invite Desmond Eagar to play and suggests sharing a car with him. Nicely signed in ink 'Beaufort'. Ex John Arlott collection. Crease to top left corner, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £78
Lot 444:
Lot 444
'A Presentation Dinner to Honour John Arlott'. Official menu for the dinner given by the British Broadcasting Corporation, probably on his retirement in 1980, with a loosely inserted place name card for 'Mr. L.T.J. Arlott'. The four page menu in card cover with cord tie, gilt emblem and title to front. Ex John Arlott collection. Heavy wine staining to cover, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £35
Lot 445:
Lot 445
Test Match Special commentators. Official B.B.C. letterhead signed in ink by eight members of the commentary team. Signatures are Fred Trueman, Trevor Bailey, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Don Mosey, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston, Bill Frindall and John Arlott. Ex John Arlott collection. Creasing and wear, only fair condition
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £20
Lot 446:
Lot 446
England v Australia Centenaries 1977 and 1980. Two official invitations issued to John Arlott, one for a reception at Parliament House, Melbourne, 10th March 1977 marking the Centenary of Test Cricket. The other for a dinner at the Hotel Russell, London, 30th August 1980 for the Centenary of Test Cricket in England. The latter with copy typed letter from Arlott accepting the invitiation. Ex John Arlott collection. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £45
Lot 447:
Lot 447
John Arlott ephemera. A selection of photographs, letters, menus and an order of service relating to Arlott. Photographs include a plain back photograph of Arlott issued by the B.B.C. c1950s, three of Arlott enjoying wine and food at a dinner. An official menu for a testimonial dinner given for John Rice (Hampshire 1971-1982) at the County Ground, Southampton, 18th December 1982, signed by Rice and Lawrie McMenemy and featuring all three to front cover caricature. A typed letter from Mike Bearley relating to his Benefit year in 1978, signed by Brearley with handwritten postscript etc. Ex John Arlott collection. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £55
Lot 448:
Lot 448
'Book of Verse. Three Metaphysical Poets'. John Arlott 1945. An original seventeen page typescript written and narrated by John Arlott for a radio programme broadcast 28th April 1945 on the B.B.C. Eastern Service about the poets George Herbert, Henry Vaughan and Richard Crashaw. The script is signed in pencil by Arlott to the first page and contains alterations and additions in pencil in Arlott's own hand. Ex John Arlott collection. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40
Lot 449:
Lot 449
'The Hampshire Giants'. John Arlott 1945. An original seven page typescript written and narrated by John Arlott for a radio programme broadcast 6th May 1945 on the B.B.C. Home Service. Arlott writes about the 'Bat and Ball' inn on Broadhalfpenny Down, home of the Hambledon Cricket Club, 'the greatest single club in the history of cricket'. He describes the speeds that the underarm bowlers of the time, such as David Harris, achieved, and the significant roles played by Richard and John Nyren in the success of Hambledon. Arlott describes William 'Silver Billy' Beldham as a 'magnificent forcing bat' and how, aged 86, Beldham walked seven miles each way to watch a cricket match. Other players mentioned are the batsman, Tom Walker, and the 'star fieldsman and big hitter, Noah Mann', and closes with a vivid description of post-match celebrations and entertainment at the Bat and Ball. A typically descriptive and poignant account of the dawn of Hampshire cricket. Ex John Arlott collection. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £190
Lot 450:
Lot 450
Bertrand Russell. 'The University Programme. Arts Series No. 8. The Rewards of Philosophy'. Original seven page typescript for a radio broadcast given by Lord (Bertrand) Russell, dated 10th December 1947, for which John Arlott was the Producer. Russell discusses the subjects of philosophy, mathematics, astronomy and war. Nicely signed in ink on the last page 'Bertrand Russell'. Ex John Arlott collection. Some foxing to the first page, otherwise in good/ very good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £110
Lot 451:
Lot 451
'Tribute to Philip Mead'. John Arlott 1958. Original five page radio typescript 'As Broadcast' originally transmitted on 31st May 1958 by Arlott. Arlott opens by announcing 'That monumentally reliable batsman, Philip Mead, is dead. He describes Mead as 'the soundest left hand batsman in the world' and his idiosyncrasies at the batting crease. He lists Mead's career statistics, 'For Hampshire alone he scored 48,892 runs... at an average of over 48 runs an innings... Altogether he made over fifty-five thousand runs', and describes Mead's ability to score against all types of bowling, his batting style being 'unhurried... he placed his strokes and he murdered every bad ball bowled to him'. Ex John Arlott collection. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £90
Charles Philip Mead (Hampshire and England 1905-1936) died on 31st March 1958. He played seventeen times for England and in 1921 scored 182 not out against Australia at The Oval, which was then the highest Test score by an Englishman in a Test against Australia in England
Lot 452:
Lot 452
'The Mystery of Cricket'. John Arlott 1949. Original twenty three page typescript written by Arlott and Edward Livesey with contributions by S.F. Barnes, W.E. Bowes, Len Hutton, Victor Jackson, C.J. Kortright and J.E. Walsh, and presented by Arlott. The introduction on the first page reads, 'A programme which asks the question- but will certainly not find the answer- "What is the peculiar fascination of this game to so many different types of people?"'. The programme was originally broadcast on the B.B.C. Midland Home Service on 23rd May 1949 and comprises quotations by cricketers and writers including E.V. Lucas and C.B. Fry, poetry by Thomas Moult, transcripts of recorded interviews with S.F. Barnes, Jack Walsh, Len Hutton, Charles Kortright, Bill Bowes etc. Includes a good description of Alletson's famous innings batting for Nottinghamshire against Sussex at Hove in which he scored 139 runs in half an hour, humorous excuses for batsmen getting out, dropping catches etc. Bill Bowes gives an interesting insight into his early career with Yorkshire and getting his County Cap, 'I remember Emett [sic] Robinson coming to me... He told me that I had to get a book, and in this book I'd got to write down the name of every batsman that I ever met... how he got out and where; who was the bowler, what were his best shots, what were his weak shots... the state of the wicket... Cricket in Yorkshire means serious cricket'. A fascinating and entertaining discussion on the significance of the game of cricket at all levels. Ex John Arlott collection. G/VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £100

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