18 May 2005
Hon. D. Monson, age 15, holding cricket bat, 1845
Annotated 'Honble Deb...in Monson at 15/Taken at Nice in the Spring of 1845' in an unknown hand in pencil on reverse of backing paper, paper passe-partout with octagonal opening, gilt
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The Wisden Book of Cricket Memorabilia cites Roger Fenton's 1857 cricket match photo as "almost certainly the oldest surviving photograph of a cricket match" (p.105). This lot is then among the earliest known photographic images with a cricket bat.
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