"Out First Ball" c. 1905 - part of a series of 4 depicting a boy cricketer

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Multi-coloured oil painting, a humorous depiction of a young boy having just been bowled out. Standing in front of a brown wall, falling wickets and flying stumps, the boy wears a baggy white hat, maroon shirt, blue pants, striped braces and brown boots. He holds a cricket bat by his side in his right hand, his expression one of dumbfounded and somewhat amused shock. The work has been signed in paint at bottom right 'E. P. KINSELLA', and another signature seems to have been painted above, and then an attempt made to paint it out. Inscription on metal plaque nailed to frame reads, "OUT FIRST BALL / E.P. KINSELLA, C.1905". An ageing piece of brown paper stapled to the frame on verso reads, "JULY, 1955 / EXHIBITION OF TWO CENTURIES OF CRICKET ART / TITLE "OUT" / ARTIST E. VITALE NO. 34". 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. 10". Canvas seems to be affixed to original stretcher, in a gold-painted elaborately-carved production wooden frame.
0 - Whole: 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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