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An albumen print showing a group of young men in shirtsleeves, one of whom is holding a cricket bat and one, a cricket ball.

According to an inscription neatly inked 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.]

The boys are: Oswald [Royal Artillery], Godson, Hawes, St. Clair Smith [49th Regt.], Douglas, Patey, Lyons, Bannister [10th Hussars], Edgar Larking, and the Hon’ble. E. A. Holmes à Court [85th Regt.].

The Rev. Edmond Claydon appears on the 1861 census, aged 34, running a small school at 3 and 4, Church Terrace, Lee. He gives 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 except one aged between 17 and 19. Several of the boys present on the night of the census appear in this portrait.

Photographer unidentified.

The print measures 5.2” by 7.2” (133 mm by 183 mm). The album page on which it is mounted measures 6.9” by 10.3” (175 mm by 260 mm). The reverse of the album page is blank.

condition: The print is in excellent condition, with good tonal range; the mount shows some foxing, particularly on its reverse.
price:  £150
code: of006
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