[Cricket] HOWELL, William Peter [1869-1940: NSW and Australia]
A vintage albumen paper photograph (250 x 195 mm) of William Howell, the Australian 'all-rounder of the highest class', who played 18 Test matches between 1897 and 1905, touring England in 1899, 1902 and 1905 (taking all 10 for 28 against Surrey in his first match in England in 1899)
The image is a full-length portrait with ball grasped firmly in the right hand, standing alongside a wicket in the practice nets (at Lord's in 1899?); there is slight surface silverfish damage not affecting the figure. The photograph, laid down on the original (slightly foxed) printed mount of Reinhold Thiele and Co., 66 Chancery Lane, is archivally matted ready for framing (total visible area 335 x 280 mm). A window in the rear of the modern mount displays the bold ink (surname) signature of William Howell. A rare and impressive item.