Cricket in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, 1835, by Mr J Hardman Powell (pronounced ‘Pole’), who was much better-behaved than his name might suggest. Love the top hats and fitted trousers on the cricketers.
For a photograph of the same spot today, click here.
One of the most extraordinary catches in the history of cricket was made at a match in the Phoenix Park in 1844 (some people say 1751, but this appears to be a mistake), when a Captain Adams jumped over an iron fence three feet ten inches in height, and while still in the air caught the ball in his left hand. For this amazing feat Captain Adams (described in ‘Anecdotes of Cricket‘ as ‘an excellent field’) was made a life member of the Phoenix Park Cricket Club.
More images of the same cricket field, from the 1860s and 1930s (latter available for purchase from the Irish Historical Picture Company) below.