[Cricket] JACKSON, Archibald ('Archie', 1909-1933 [New South Wales and Australia])
An original vintage gelatin silver press photograph (120 x 165 mm), with a typed caption mounted on the verso: 'Australians dismissed for 156 runs in their first innings against Essex at Leyton. Fairfax (Australia) loses his leg stump to Palmer after scoring 12 runs'
The photograph is taken from behind the wicket and includes the wicket-keeper, the fieldsman at slips, Alan Fairfax, the cartwheeling stump and Alan Kippax, the batsman at the non-striker's end. Of far greater consequence, however, is the signature pencilled on the verso of the image: that of Archie Jackson, the New South Wales and Australian Test batsman, who died of tuberculosis in 1933 at the early age of 23. Jackson and his friend and supporter Fairfax were room-mates on the 1930 tour of England, which helps explain why this particular image from this tour bears his ownership signature.