F. G. The Basher (G. L. Jessop), charcoal watercolour and body colour on brown paper, signed with initials F. G. and inscribed on the title and the mount, 335 x 210mm., framed and glazed.
Gilbert Laird Jessop (1874-1955) was in his prime the greatest consistent hitter the game had ever witnessed. At this period a hit over the boundary counted as five runs, and the batsman lost the strike. He scored fifty three fast hundreds, fifteen of them inside an hour. Allied to this was his ability to bowl a fiery period of fast bowling. His fastest century came in the Gloucestershire match at Sheffield in 1897, it took all of forty minutes.