Cricketers at Lee in Kent, 1862
An albumen print showing a group of young men in shirtsleeves; one of the boys is holding a cricket bat and another a cricket ball.
According to an inscription inked neatly in the lower margin, this is a ‘Group at the Rev. E.A. Claydon’s’ at Lee in 1862. All ten of the young men are identified by name, and in four cases their regiment is also given (presumably the regiment that they subsequently joined after the left Reverend Claydon’s school).
The boys are: Oswald, Godson (Royal Artillery), Hawes, St Clair Smith (49th Regt.), Douglas, Patey, Lyons, Bannister (10th Hussars), Edgar Larking and the Honourable E. A. Holmes à Court (85th Regt.).
Reverend Edmond Claydon appears on the 1861 census, aged 34, running a small school at 3 and 4 Church Terrace, Lee. He gave his profession as ‘Tutor, Clergyman of the Church of England / without cure of souls, M.A. Camb.’ At the time of the census, the school had fifteen pupils, all but one aged between 17 and 19. Several of the boys present on the night of the census appear in this portrait.
Condition: the mount is a soft paper album page; it presents some foxing, particularly on its reverse. Some of this shows through the print a little, but its tonal range is good and it is otherwise in fine condition. The reverse of the album page is blank.
Dimensions: the print measures 5.2” by 7.2” (13.3 cm by 18.3 cm); the album page measures 6.9” by 10.3” (17.5 cm by 26 cm).