"The Boss" c. 1905 - part of a series of 4 depicting a boy cricketer

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Multi-coloured oil painting depicting a smiling, rosy-cheeked young boy looking off to his left, standing with his hands in the pockets of a long white coat that is torn at the shoulder. Inscription in paint on the canvas beneath the boy reads, "THE BOSS". Part of a series of four paintings. The boy stands in a clearing of a forest setting with tall green trees behind. He 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", above which another signature can vaguely be made out, reading, "E. VITALE", but which has been fairly successfully obscured. Inscription on metal plaque nailed to frame reads, "THE BOSS / 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 'THE BOSS' / ARTIST E. VITALE NO. 31". 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. 7". Canvas seems to be affixed to original stretcher, in a gold-painted elaborate production wooden frame.
H: 500 W: 387 D: 40mm (H: 19 11/16 W: 15 1/4 D: 1 9/16")
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Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum by Mr Anthony Baer.

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