The Cricket Paintings Of Gerry Wright (1931-2015)

Knights are delighted to offer a fine collection of original oil paintings depicting cricket by artist Gerry Wright (1931-2015). Gerry Wright (1931-2015). His vibrant idiosyncratic works have been widely exhibited and are instantly recognisable. His paintings are in the possession of many private collectors.

Born in 1932, Gerry Wright studied in Maidstone and London and at the Beaux Arts Paris. In 1968 he moved to Wiltshire and the landscape formed the background to, and the inspiration for, many of his paintings. Gerry was fascinated by the Golden Age of cricket and his work culminated in the publication of 'Cricket's Golden Summer' in 1985. After moving to Bath in 1987, Gerry continued to paint every day and many of his contemporay works depict the drama and action of todays batsman and bowlers. A fast bowler himself, he was fascinated by bowler's grips and some of those paintings are also offered at this auction. He has painted many of the great cricketers including Bradman, Imran Khan, Viv Richards and Shane Warne. There have been many exhibitions of his work in London and elsewhere and recently an exhibition of his work was held at Lord's. A cricket painting of Wright's hangs in the banqueting room at Lord's.

'Gerry's paintings have a very personal style, concentrating on those most English of subjects, landscapes and cricket'.

Peter Blake RA

Lot 405:
Lot 405
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Batting for England'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of the England batsman, Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook, walking out to bat for England in 1949. Hutton wearing England cap and M.C.C. sweater and Washbrook wearing England cap and county sweater with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and very attractive image. Signed by Wright to right hand lower corner and dated [19]79. Unframed. Overall 16"x20". Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Hutton and Wahbrook, Batting for England '49'. VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £100
Lot 406:
Lot 406
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Out at the Wicket'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a batsman being bowled out with a wicket keeper in close attendance with crowd, striped tents and marquees and scenic panorama to background. A colourful and very attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner and dated [19]90. Unframed. Overall 22"x16". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £150
Lot 407:
Lot 407
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Hostile Bowling'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a batsman jumping, ducking and swaying to avoid a high flying delivery with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to right hand lower corner. Framed. Overall 20"x25.5". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 408:
Lot 408
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'The Catch'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a fielder taking an acrobatic catch with scenic panorama to background . A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated by Wright to left hand lower corner. Unframed. Overall 23.5"x31". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 409:
Lot 409
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Bowled Over. Cricket, Lovely Cricket'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of an batsman off the ground and ducking and swaying to avoid a high flying delivery with crowd and stand to background. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Cricket, Lovely Cricket'. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Framed. Overall 22.5"x32.5". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 410:
Lot 410
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Flying ball at the Wicket'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a batsman jumping and swaying to avoid a high flying delivery with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to right hand lower corner. Unframed. Overall 14"x18". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 411:
Lot 411
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'About to Bowl'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a bowler, side-on, in his delivery stride about to bowl with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. An unsigned painting. Unframed. Overall 23.5"x32". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 412:
Lot 412
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Batsman on Knees'. Very large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a batsman, wearing coloured clothing, on his knees to avoid a high flying delivery, breaking the wicket with his shoulder, with crowd, stands and scenic panorama to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner and dated '9-14'. Unframed. Overall 35.5"x35.5". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 413:
Lot 413
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Shoaib Akhtar. Rawalpindi Express'. Excellent large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Shoaib Akhtar, full length, in full flight bowling. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Shoaib Akhtar. Rawalpindi Express'. Unframed. Overall 31"x23.5". VG
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 414:
Lot 414
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Caught it- Three Men'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a catch being taken by first slip with the wicket keeper looking on and the batsmen still playing the shot, with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and most attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner. Unframed. Overall 32"x24". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £120
Lot 415:
Lot 415
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'High Ball at the Wicket'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of an Australian batsman bending his knees and swaying to avoid a high flying delivery with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. Unsigned. Framed. Overall 19"x24.5". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £160
Lot 416:
Lot 416
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Flying Wicket'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a cricket scene featuring a wicket keeper diving to run out a struggling batsman with fielder in close attendance with his arms raised triumphantly in the air with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner and dated '[20]09'. Unframed. Overall 32"x23.5". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 417:
Lot 417
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Batting for England- Swing No.1'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a batsman playing a shot through the covers with crowd and stand to background. A colourful and very attractive image. Signed by Wright to right hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Waxed 12/01/06. Batting for England- No.1'. Framed. Overall 24"x28.5". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 418:
Lot 418
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Jack Hobbs- The Master'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of Jack Hobbs playing a shot to leg with crowd and stand to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated by Wright to left hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Jack Hobbs- The Master'. Unframed. Overall 17.5"x24". VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 419:
Lot 419
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Hitting out at the Wicket- Three men'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of what appears to be a West Indian batsman hitting out with Australian (?) wicket keeper and slip in close attendance behind him, with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated by Wright to left hand lower corner. Unframed. Overall 20"x24". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 420:
Lot 420
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'At Full Speed'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a bowler, side on, in delivery stride, with the non striking batsman beside him, with crowd and stands to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner. Unframed. Overall 23.5"x27.5". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 421:
Lot 421
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Leg Cutter. Final Position'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the final position of the grip on the ball for a leg cutter. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Leg Cutter-Final Position'. Unframed. Overall 15.5"x19.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 422:
Lot 422
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Jim Laker Grip- Off Spinner'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip used by Laker to bowl the off spinner. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Jim Laker Grip- Off Spinner'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x15.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 423:
Lot 423
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip- The Cannon Ball-Spins both ways'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip used by Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka to bowl the 'Cannonball'. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Gerry Wright '09. Ajantha Mendis- Sri Lanka. The Cannon Ball-Spins both ways'. Unframed. Overall 15.5"x23.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £70
Lot 424:
Lot 424
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'The Leg Cutter. Bedser Grip'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip used by Alec Bedser to bowl the leg cutter. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'The Leg Cutter- Bedser Grip'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x19.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 425:
Lot 425
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. Off Spinner'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip for bowling the off spinner. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Varnished December '10- Off Spinner'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x19.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 426:
Lot 426
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. The Outswinger- Wrist Cocked'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip for bowling the out swinger with the wrist cocked. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'The Outswinger- Wrist Cocked'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x23.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 427:
Lot 427
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. Leg Spinner'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip for bowling the leg spinner. Signed by Wright to lower right hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Leg Spinner'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x27.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 428:
Lot 428
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. In Swinger. Polished Side'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip for bowling the in swinger. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'In swinger, (Polished Side)'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x23.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 429:
Lot 429
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. Away Spinner'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip for bowling the away spinner. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Away Spinner'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x27.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 430:
Lot 430
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. Away Swinger'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the bowlers grip for the away swinger. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Away Swinger'. Framed. Overall 19.5"x26". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 431:
Lot 431
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. Off Spinner'. Excellent original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the grip for bowling the off spinner. Signed by Wright to lower right hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Off Spinner'. Unframed. Overall 19.5"x19.5". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 432:
Lot 432
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Grip. Bowler's Grip'. Excellent large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of the bowlers grip. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Bowler's Grip '09'. Unframed. Overall 24"x30". VG
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 433:
Lot 433
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Kevin Pietersen'. Original oil portrait painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Pietersen, head and shoulders. Signed and dated '08' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Gerry Wright. 'Kevin Pietersen 08'. Framed. Overall 20"x26". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 434:
Lot 434
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Viv Richards'. Excellent original oil portrait painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Richards, head and shoulders. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Viv Richards'. Framed. Overall 15.5"x19.5". VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 435:
Lot 435
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Chris Broad '87'. Original oil portrait painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Broad, head and shoulders. Unsigned. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Gerry Wright. Chris Broad '87'. Unframed. Overall 16"x20". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Probably painted following Broad's outstanding Ashes series of 1986/87 where he hit three centuries in consecutive Tests for England
Lot 436:
Lot 436
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Imran Khan'. Excellent original oil portrait painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Khan, head and shoulders. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Imran Khan 1986/99'. Framed. Overall 15"x17.5". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 437:
Lot 437
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Shane Warne'. Large original oil portrait painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Warne wearing Australian shirt and cricket attire giving his trademark pose when taking a wicket with Australian outback vista behind. Signed and dated '08' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Boy from the Outback. Shane Warne'. Framed. Overall 22"x30". VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 438:
Lot 438
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Sachin Tendulkar Batting'. Excellent large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of Tendulkar, half length, in batting pose. Signed and dated '10' by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas '20/10/11 Gerry Wright. Sachin Tendulkar. India's Greatest'. Framed. Overall 23"x31.5". VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 439:
Lot 439
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Jack Hobbs'. Original oil portrait painting on board by artist Gerry Wright, of Hobbs wearing M.C.C. touring blazer and cap and standing in a garden. Signed by Wright to lower left hand corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Jack Hobbs, England, Surrey. Gerry Wright '82'. Unframed. Overall 15"x18". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 440:
Lot 440
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Cricketer in a Garden, George Hirst'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a George Hirst of Yorkshire & England in whites, wearing cap leaning on a cricket bat and holding a ball with scenic garden panorama to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'St. John's Art Gallery, Devizes 1975'. Framed. Overall 20"x23". VG
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £260
Wright produced a series of paintings depicting cricketers of the golden age which appeared as prints in the book 'Cricket's Golden Summer', published in 1985.
Lot 441:
Lot 441
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Kowloon, Hong Kong Cricket Match'. Very large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising an excellent study of a cricket match in progress, the painting executed from mid wicket with the bowler having bowled and the batsman playing his shot, the pavilion to background bedecked with national and club flags and bunting with trees and a building behind. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Karloon (misspelt) C.C. Hong Kong. Cricket Match'. Framed. Overall 41.5"x28.5". VG
Estimate: £350/450
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 442:
Lot 442
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Cricket Match. Cockington, Devon'. Very large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising an excellent full study of a cricket match in progress, the painting executed looking down from a surrounding hill, with the bowler about to bowl, batsman ready and fielders awaiting the ball with pavilion, trees casting shadows over parts of the ground and scenic panorama to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to left hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Cricket Match. Cockinford (misspelt), Devon'. Framed. Overall 34.5"x27.5". VG
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 443:
Lot 443
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Diving for a Catch'. Very large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a full length study of a wicket keeper acrobatically diving to catch the ball with fielders and scenic panorama to background. A colourful and attractive image. Unsigned. Unframed. Overall 32"x39.5". VG
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 444:
Lot 444
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Bearsted Green, Maidstone. North Side'. Very large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising an excellent study of a cricket match in progress, the painting executed from backward point with the bowler having bowled the batsman out, the ball breaking the wicket, with old timber framed house and trees to boundary edge. A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated '09' by Wright to left hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Bearsted Green, North Side, Maidstone, Kent '09.'. Framed. Overall 44"x28". VG
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: £300
Lot 445:
Lot 445
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Cricket in Pewsey Vale, Wiltshire'. Very large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising an excellent study of a cricket match in progress, the painting executed from the fine leg position with the batsman having played a shot to fine leg, the fielder moving to stop it, with wonderful colour vista of the trees, hills and sky to background. A very colourful and attractive image. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Cricket in Pewsey Vale'. Framed. Overall 51.5"x40". VG
Estimate: £300/400
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 446:
Lot 446
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'From the Pavilion, Bath'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising an excellent study of the view from the pavilion with spectators, some in striped blazers, standing and sitting, talking and watching the cricket, wine bottles and food on the tables and the cricket match and stands and tents to background. A colourful and attractive image. Unframed. Overall 30"x24". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £200
Lot 447:
Lot 447
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Batsman leaping for high ball'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a study of a batsman leaping in the air to avoid a bouncer with stand, spectators and skyline to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated '01' by Wright to left hand corner. Unframed. Overall 18"x24". VG
Estimate: £150/200
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 448:
Lot 448
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Silence of the Heart'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, of a West Indian batsman who appears to have been hit by the ball, knocking the bat out of his hands and fallen into the stumps, the match being played at night under floodlights, with bowler, stands, spectators, skyline and full moon to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to right hand lower corner. Handwritten inscription in Wright's hand to back of canvas 'Silence of the Heart'. Framed. Overall 25"x25". VG
Estimate: £150/200
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 449:
Lot 449
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Out at the Wicket - Flying backstop'. Original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, comprising a study of an England batsman being run out by a flying wicket keeper, with stand, spectators and skyline to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed and dated '07' by Wright to left hand corner. Unframed. Overall 27"x20". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 450:
Lot 450
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Vigorous Bowler'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, showing a bowler in full flow in his delivery with field, trees and panorama to background. A colourful and attractive image. Signed by Wright to left hand corner. Unframed. Overall 31"x32". VG
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 451:
Lot 451
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. 'Death at Cricket'. Large original oil painting on canvas by artist Gerry Wright, Unusually showing 'Death' (a skeletal bowler wearing cricket attire) bowling a bouncer to a batsman, 'Death' being portrayed at night and the batsman in light with moon and dark cloudy skyline to background. A colourful and unusual concept. Signed and dated '02' by Wright to left hand corner. Framed. Overall 20.5"x26.5". VG
Estimate: £150/200
Hammer price: £100
Lot 452:
Lot 452
Gerry Wright 1931-2015. A collection of twenty colour Victorian postcards of cricketers, footballers, cricket and football matches in progress includes three postcards of airships, all window mounted and framed and glazed. Many of the postcards are from the 'Football Terms' and 'Cricket Terms' series by Misch & Co with artwork by Frederick S. Howard c1900. The montage put together by Wright. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold

Back to top