Charles J. Basebe

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Charles J. Basebe was noted as a fine painter of cricketers, and in the 1840’s some of his full length portraits were issued as coloured prints. In collaboration with another portrait painter, William Drummond, they produced 'A Cricket Match between the Counties of Sussex and Kent, at Brighton'. This was purely a fictitious match that was played near Brighton's St. Peter's Church. The panoramic view of the match features around seventy portraits of famous cricketers and well known "Patrons of the Noble Game of Cricket". All of the individual portraits were taken by both Basebe and Drummond over a period of years. In 1849 "The Cricket Match" was eventually published as an engraving, together with a key to the portraits, by William Henry Goodburn Mason of King's Road Brighton.

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