The Noble Game of Cricket

The Noble Game of Cricket

From The Colman Family Collection

More items from the Colman Family Collection form part of our Books and Maps sale on Tuesday 23 August – among them a copy of a rare book recording a unique archive of cricketing memorabilia.

4 August 2022

Sir Jeremiah Colman: The Noble Game of Cricket - £800-1,200


Sir Jeremiah Colman, 1st Baronet (1859-1942) was the industrialist who developed Colman’s Mustard into an international concern. But he was also a keen cricketer and from 1916 to 1923 President of Surrey County Cricket Club.

At his home at Gatton Park, Surrey he assembled a significant collection of cricketing memorabilia, particularly the paintings, drawings and prints documenting the history of the game in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 1930s the collections went on view at the
Tate gallery and in 1941 was published in a book titled The Noble Game of Cricket. Only 150 copies of this 434 page book, complete with 100 illustration plates, were published with many made as presentation copies.


Sir Timothy Colman - Credit: EDP / Archant 2003

Sir Timothy Colman - credit: EDP / Archant 2003


The example offered comes from Bixley Manor, near Norwich, home to the late businessman Sir Timothy James Alan Colman (1929-2021), comes in its original green buckram and dust jacket and has a long inscription penned by Sir Jeremiah to his sister and nephew. It is estimated to bring £800 - £1,200.

Sworders’ June Fine Interiors auction included more than 90 lots from Bixley Manor including fine Georgian silver and garden statuary totalling £199,641.


For more information about the 23 August Books & Maps sale, please contact - | 01279 817778







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