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Two hundred years of cricket history in 245 illustrations: A Portrait of Lord’s

As English and Australian cricket fans build up to an Ashes summer, a new book paints a fresh portrait of the world’s most celebrated cricket ground.

Delving into the private vaults at Lord’s, the story draws on the fantastic array of original treasures belonging to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).  From WG Grace to Brian Lara, and Thomas Lord to Sachin Tendulkar, this fresh approach selects highlights and unique objects to capture the atmosphere within the Ground’s hallowed walls.  For cricket fans, A Portrait of Lord’s introduces cricket’s fascinating links to art and architecture, empire and class, spirit and society, connecting MCC, the Ground and the game to the wider world.

Speaking about the book, MCC’s Curator and author of A Portrait of Lord’s, Adam Chadwick, said:

A Portrait of Lord’s aims to offer a different insight into the history of Lord’s Cricket Ground – one which people might not have read about or seen before.  The book consists of a lot of small stories about the buildings that have been built, the objects which have been collected, and the people who have played and worked here, which compiled together, present a rich tapestry of the bigger history of the Ground.

“The imagery within the book is one of the things that I am most pleased about.  The publishers, Scala, have done an excellent job in reproducing some beautiful illustrations to accompany the text. 

“Overall, I think the book is surprising and simultaneously evocative, which I believe really gives people a fantastic insight into 200 years of cricket history at Lord’s.”

A Portrait of Lord’s is the first book about the Lord’s collections for 25 years.  It contains fresh photography of a wealth of recent acquisitions and commissions, enhanced by new research as well as contributions by Andrew Strauss, Andy Flower, Glenn McGrath, Angus Fraser and Nick Compton, who each provide a personal reflection on the Ground.

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Notes to editors:

A Portrait of Lord’s is published in time for the 2013 Ashes Series and in anticipation of the bicentenary of the Ground in 2014. 

Hardback, £35, 248 x 200mm, 288 pages, 245 illustrations, ISBN: 9781857598292

About the author:

Adam Chadwick has been Curator of Collections at Marylebone Cricket Club since October 2003.  In that time he has accompanied the Ashes Urn to Australia, pioneered a landmark exhibition in the USA, consulted on the new Indian Museum of Cricket, established the Lord’s Portrait Project and initiated the MCC magazine.

About MCC:

Founded in 1787 MCC is the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, and represents an innovative independent voice in the world game.  It is also the world’s most active cricket-playing club, and alongside fulfilling over 500 cricket fixtures every year, MCC also owns and maintains Lord’s Cricket Ground.

About Lord’s Cricket Ground:

The current Lord’s is the third incarnation of the Ground.  The first was at Dorset Fields – now Dorset Square – and Thomas Lord opened a new ground in the Eyre Estate in St John’s Wood in 1809, and used it exclusively from 1811.  However the Regent’s Canal was due to be built through the Ground, so a new site – the current Lord’s Ground – was established in 1814.  Next year therefore marks the bicentenary of the Ground on its current site.

The Lord’s Tour:

The Lord’s Tour offers cricket lovers the chance to see behind the scenes at the Home of Cricket, including views from the world famous dressing rooms, the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, and the iconic Long Room.  Ahead of the forthcoming and much anticipated Ashes Series, visitors will also get to see cricket’s most precious and famed artefact, the original Ashes Urn, which is housed in the MCC Museum. 

Tours run during the week at 11.00, 12.00 and 14.00.  On Saturdays there are tours at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00, and on Sundays there are tours at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00 and 14.00.  The cost of the Tour for adults is £15 and for concessions is £9, but families can save £8 by buying a family ticket (valid for two adults and two children).

For more information on how to book a tour of Lord’s, visit, email, or telephone 020 7616 8595.


To request a review copy of A Portrait of Lord’s please contact:

Jessica Charlton

Scala Publishers

Direct Line: 020 7808 1550



For further information on this story please contact:

Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074


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