Cricket Festival picture on sale

The Scarborough Cricket Festival, 1892. by H.R. Barraud
The Scarborough Cricket Festival, 1892. by H.R. Barraud

A RARE photograph of some of the people who took part in and attended the Scarborough Cricket Festival in 1892 is expected to fetch up to £300 at an auction later this month.

The 30in by 42ins picture is by trail-blazing London cameraman, Herbert Barraud, who also photographed some of Britain’s most famous Victorian figures, such as naturalist Charles Darwin, Poet Laureate Lord Tennyson, England cricketer W.G. Grace and actress Ellen Terry.

The National Portrait Gallery, in London, owns 490 photographs by Barraud.

Barraud, who owned a studio in Oxford Street in London’s West End, came to Scarborough in the summer of 1892 to photograph the Cricket Festival which took place at the North Marine Road ground and which started on August 29 1892.

The town was much smaller those days - in 1891 there were 33,776 people living in Scarborough compared to the 50,135 here now.

However just four years after his Scarborough visit, Barraud was dead.

He was only 51 when he died - of gallstones and perforation of the bowel - at St Mary Cray, Kent, on November 24 1896.

His Scarborough photograph is now expected to sell for between £200 and £300 at Christie’s South Kensington in London on November 28, just four days after the 115th anniversary of Barraud’s death.