Original woodblock by J. Gooding , engraving of John Lillywhite, 1863

Object Type
Artwork/Production and mounting equipment/Printing block
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Object Detail

Brief Description
Twelve blocks of wood screwed together to form a large printing block, rounded at the top corners. Features an engraving of the Sussex, Middlesex, and Marylebone cricketer John Lillywhite, standing on a balcony-like structure, holding a bat in his left hand, leaning his right on his hat on a corner, and with his left foot placed incongruously on a rock slightly behind him. Artist's name features, in reverse, at lower left corner. On left long edge of the block is imprinted a name and address (publisher or printer?): "C. WELLS / INVENTOR / 24 BOUVERIE STREET / LONDON". The reverse has "JOHN LILLYWHITE" inscribed in pen in several places, including on a sticker at top left which looks to be original, with the number "20" above (perhaps suggesting that at least 20 blocks were made in the series), and the year 1863. A small piece of wood is missing from the top- centre directly above Lillywhite's head. Also verso 1987 Christie's auction label "Lot 395/2".
0 - Whole: H: 340 W: 235 D: 22mm (H: 13 3/8 W: 9 1/4 D: 7/8")
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