[Cricket] RICHARDSON, Victor York [1894-1969: South Australia and Australia]
A superb 1920s hand-coloured gelatin silver photograph on milk-glass of Victor Richardson, 'the remarkable all-round South Australian sportsman who scored 27 centuries in first-class cricket, represented Australia at baseball, South Australia at golf and tennis, was a prominent lacrosse and basketball player and a topclass swimmer. He captained South Australia and Australia at cricket, was the star of three Sturt premiership Australian Rules sides, South Australian captain of football, an outstanding gymnast and athlete and a first grade hockey player. He was also one of our greatest fieldsmen' (Jack Pollard)
The Australian Dictionary of Biography has all this and more to say about him. He later became a journalist and highly regarded radio commentator; not least, he is the grandfather of the Chappell brothers. This large photograph (visible image size 310 x 250 mm) is a full-length portrait of a young Richardson dressed for play, standing against a painted rustic background. It is in fine condition behind glass in the original mount and frame (the original paper backing on the frame is torn and lacks sections). The photographer is not credited. Probably unique - definitely impressive.