A Glimpse into Cricket's Storied Past: The Oval Painting Auction at Dawsons

Unveiling a Rare 19th Century Treasure Depicting Early Days of The Oval Cricket Ground


The team at Dawsons are excited to announce the upcoming sale of an exceptional piece of English Sporting history: an unsigned oil on canvas painting, depicting a cricket match at The Oval in Kennington. This rare and historically significant artwork, measuring 49 cm x 59 cm, is beautifully presented in a gilt frame and will be available for auction within our April Fine Art & Antiques sale on Thursday 27th April.


English School ( late 19th century), a cricket match at The Oval

Estimate £2,500-£3,500 


The Oval, now the esteemed home of Surrey Cricket Club, was established around 1846 after the Montpelier Cricket Club (formed in 1796) was expelled from its original grounds in Walworth. The site had previously been a market garden, and the buildings of the garden are prominently featured in the painting, serving as a pavilion during the cricket match. The tower of St. Matthew's Church, Brixton, which still survives today, is also depicted to the left of the scene, adding further historical context to the work. 



This captivating painting from the English School captures the essence of Victorian-era cricket and offers an extremely rare glimpse into the early days of The Oval, which has since become one of the most iconic cricket grounds in the world. The artwork provides a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts of both art and cricket history to acquire a singular piece that embodies the spirit of the game and the cultural landscape of the time. 


Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a live video viewing. Alternatively, If you would like to view in person, we would be delighted to welcome you to our state-of-the-art saleroom (address & viewing times below):


Viewing times:

 Monday 24th April - 10am-5pm

Tuesday 25th April - 10am-5pm

Wednesday 26th April - 10am-5pm


Dawsons Auctioneers,

Unit 8 Cordwallis Business Park, Clivemont Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7BU


Call or email us for more information about the painting, condition report, etc. - we would love to hear from you:

0207 431 9445 / info@dawsonsauctions.co.uk


We look forward to welcoming you to the sale on Thursday 27th April (09:30 start).