Multi-coloured oil painting depicting a young boy looking at the viewer, standing in front of a wicket with cricket bat in hand, posing as if about to bat. Part of a series of four paintings. Standing in front of a brown wall with green foliage visible above, the boy wears a baggy white hat, maroon shirt, blue pants, striped braces and brown boots. The work has been signed in paint at bottom right, "E. P. KINSELLA", over which another signature has been painted, "E. VITALE". Inscription on metal plaque nailed to frame reads, "THE HOPE OF HIS SIDE / E.P. KINSELLA, C.1905". An ageing piece of brown paper stapled to the frame on verso reads, "JULY, 1955 / GRAVES ART GALLERY, SHEFFIELD / EXHIBITION OF TWO CENTURIES OF CRICKET ART / TITLE "PLAY" / ARTIST E. VITALE NO. 33". Illegible type beneath has been scribbled out in blue biro. At top of frame, verso, has been inscribed in black biro, "BAER COLLECTION / 1962 NO. 9". Canvas seems to be affixed to original stretcher, in a gold-painted elaborate production wooden frame.
0 - Whole: H: 500 W: 387 D: 40mm (H: 19 11/16 W: 15 1/4 D: 1 9/16")
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum by Mr Anthony Baer.