Original Robert Ingpen watercolour depicting England opening batsmen, John Berry "Jack" Hobbs (1882-1963) and Herbert Sutcliffe (1894-1978). The artist's image numbers - 45 and 46 - and subject's names and country, are handwritten below the design, with a pencilled list of cricketers (artist's notes) in the left margin. A sheet of tracing paper, with grid lines and references, folds over the artwork which is signed and dated by the artist. The image is included in a tapestry celebrating 150 years of performances and events on the MCG. Hobbs played 61 Tests (1908-1930), scoring 5410 runs - including 15 centuries (nine against Australia) - at an average of 56.94. He compiled a record 199 centuries in first class cricket. Hobbs was selected as one of Wisden's 'Cricketers of the [20th] Century'. Sutcliffe played 54 Tests (1924-35), scoring 4555 runs at 60.73. His 16 centuries included 176 and 127 against Australia at the MCG on his first tour (1924/25). Sutcliffe scored 151 first class centuries.
0 - Whole: H: 415 W: 285 D: 2mm (H: 16 5/16 W: 11 1/4 D: 1/16")
Jack Hobbs; 16 Dec 1882; 21 Dec 1963
Bert Sutcliffe; 24 Nov 1894; 22 Jan 1978
Robert Ingpen; 13 Oct 1936
Victorian Tapestry Workshop
Melbourne Cricket Club; 1838
Kindly donated to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum by Robert Ingpen