[Reward of Merit. Engraving featuring a game of wicket in Connecticut.]

(Proto - Baseball: Wicket.) [CHENEY (John)]

[Reward of Merit. Engraving featuring a game of wicket in Connecticut.]

The bearer 'Miss Lydia Arnold', receives this as a token of the praise 'she' merits, for 'her' faithfulness and good behaviour in school from 'her' teacher 'Eliza Greene' [engraving and manuscript].

Description: engraving depicts a game involving six young men, two reaching high for the ball which is depicted centrally in mid-air, two with broad-ended sticks running in opposite directions, two acting as wicket keepers (the wicket to the right obscured by a closer figure), with two onlookers to the right, beneath a large tree, one seated on a log, and one to the left. In the background, a grove of poplars to the left, and a group of buildings to the right including a church and school-house, rectangular sheet: 16.3 x 10.3 cm, engraved scene: 13.7 x 6.7cm, oblong octagon engraving, triple-ruled frame, script beneath, slightly toned,

Publication Details: [c.1821]

Notes: A near identical engraving (though in reverse) is recorded in Sylvester Rosa Koehler's Catalogue of the Engraved and Lithographed Work of John Cheney, 1891, and is also cited in Memoir of John Cheney, 1889, by Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney, the engraver's sister-in law: 'He cut a piece from an old copper kettle and engraved on it a sketch of boys playing ball, to be used for a Reward of Merit. This plate still exists.' This appears to be the plate, described as 'Early Trial Plate' held, with a copy of the engraving, in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, as part of a collection donated by Mrs. Cheney ...more

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Price: £3,000

Subject: Antiquarian

Published Date: [c.1821]

Stock Number: 67092

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