W.G. Grace - Innovator & Icon

The Cultural Icon of the Victorian Sporting Age

  • Dimensions: 18.5x22.5x1 inches
  • Hand framed with 100% natural wood
  • High quality frame, professionally finished with museum grade matting
  • Flat rate 3-5 day shipping

This beautiful print of England's finest is now available, framed and ready to mount. The vintage image of W.G Grace leaving the field, long beard, piercing eyes and head crowned by the hooped MCC cap – synonymous with English cricket and the Victorian era.

Certainly, there are few Victorians who could outdo the cultural impact of W.G. Grace. An amateur player from England, W.G. had an influence upon cricket that has not met its equal since.  Playing from 1865-1909 (that's a record-equaling 44 year career), W.G. captained almost every team he would play on in his historic career.

An amateur player from England, W.G. Grace or Willie Gilbert Grace was born in Bristol England in 1848. He had an influence upon cricket that has not met its equal since. Playing first class cricket from 1865-1909 (that's a record-equaling 44 season career), W.G. captained almost every team he would play on.

By 1866, he was recognized as the finest cricketer in England. Known as the greatest all-rounder to ever touch the field, W.G. is primarily remembered for ushering in the modern batting era. Most photographs of W.G. Grace are taken at the wicket, bat in hand but he was also a fine bowler.

His reputation has passed down the generations he is the stuff of legend. He played for a large number of teams. One source shows him playing first class cricket for 28 different teams including West Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and England. Otherwise his career was spent playing, non stop it seems for the Gentlemen (1865–1906), Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC; 1869–1904), Gloucestershire (1870–99), the United South of England Eleven (1870–76) and London County (1900–04). Grace became the first batsman to score a century before lunch in a first-class match when he made 134 for Gentlemen of the South versus Players of the South at The Kennington Oval in 1873. Grace continued to play some cricket up until 1914, Indeed he scored an admirable 69 for Eltham CC in the summer of 1914, a week after his 66th birthday. 

Hand framed with 100% natural wood by our family of local artisans in Pelham Alabama, this high-quality frame is professionally finished with custom cut museum grade matting to ensure perfect proportions. Backed with kraft paper, our frames also come with hooks and wire preinstalled. This work of art is ready to be installed immediately and comes as a finished frame size of 18.5 x 22.5 x 1 inches.