W G Grace cricketer antique print. Original antique print published 1871 in ‘The Graphic’ weekly newspaper.
W G Grace, MRCS, LRCP (18 July 1848 – 23 October 1915) was an English amateurcricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely considered one of its greatest-ever players. Universally known as “W. G.”, he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, Gloucestershire, the Gentlemen, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the United South of England Eleven (USEE) and several other teams. Right-handed as both batsman and bowler, Grace dominated the sport during his career. His technical innovations and enormous influence left a lasting legacy. An outstanding all-rounder, he excelled at all the essential skills of batting, bowling and fielding, but it is for his batting that he is most renowned. He is held to have invented modern batsmanship. Usually opening the innings, he was particularly admired for his mastery of all strokes, and his level of expertise was said by contemporary reviewers to be unique. He generally captained the teams he played for at all levels because of his skill and tactical acumen.
The Graphic was a British weekly illustrated newspaper, first published on 4 December 1869 by William Luson Thomas‘s company Illustrated Newspapers Limited. The influence of The Graphic within the art world was immense, its many admirers included Vincent van Gogh, and Hubert von Herkomer. It continued to be published weekly under this title until 23 April 1932 and then changed title to The National Graphic between 28 April and 14 July 1932; it then ceased publication, after 3,266 issues. From 1890 until 1926, Luson Thomas’s company, H. R. Baines and Co. published The Daily Graphic.