KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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MCC has completed the largest picture re-hang in its historic Pavilion since 2004 to mark the bicentenary of the current Lord’s Ground and 150 years of collecting by the Club.
Pieces such as Charles Cundall’s view of England v Australia at Lord’s in 1938 and a 125-year-old portrait of WG Grace that was commissioned by MCC Members are among those to be moved to celebrate the variety and history of Lord’s.
The famous Long Room, Writing Room and Committee Room are among those that have been given a new look.
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Cundall’s piece now hangs in the Long Room alongside William Bowyer’s view of Lord’s, which was commissioned for MCC’s bicentenary year in 1987. The two were painted from the same vantage point, and illustrate the ground’s development over a 60-year period.
The Long Room Bar is now adorned by portraits of overseas cricket grounds donated by cricket associations from around the world to celebrate the opening of the MCC Museum in 1953, and as a memorial to cricketers from those countries who gave their lives in battle.
All those who play at the Home of Cricket this summer will make their way to the pitch in illustrious company with both home and away staircases now featuring a parade of portraits of the game’s greats, including some contemporary commissions.
The home staircase is lined with England heroes ranging from Sir Len Hutton to David Gower, while the away staircase includes legends from around the world including Stuart Pearson Wright’s large Indian triptych which features Kapil Dev, Bishen Bedi and Dilip Vengsarkar – all of whom have enjoyed great success at Lord’s.
Adam Chadwick, MCC Curator of Collections, oversaw the re-hang. He said: "In such a historic year at Lord’s, it is fitting that we celebrate the history and variety of the cricket ground. Each of us has a favourite, resonant of wonderful matches and friendships, that casts an ongoing spell over its spectators.
"What better way to relish this magic than in a re-thinking of MCC’s ever-expanding collection of pictures in a building like no other in the cricketing world.
"Both members and visitors on the Lord’s Tour will be able to experience the new thrill of the players’ walk to the pitch past images of those great players from around the world in whose footsteps they are treading.
"It is certainly the most extensive re-arrangement that has been completed in the last decade and each room’s own particular atmosphere has been enhanced by the changes."
The re-hang was carried out by staff from JPW Picture Hanging Services Ltd, who have completed similar procedures for a number of members’ clubs and art institutions across London.