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A Portrait of Lord's

200 Years of Cricket History

Adam Chadwick, Nasser Hussain (Foreword)

ISBN: 978 1 85759 829 2
Size: 248 x 200 mm / 7.75 x 9.75 in.
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 288
Images: 200

UK £35 / US $55


  • Acclaimed as the 'best-written cricket book for years'.
  • Published to mark 200 years of Lord's Cricket Ground moving to its famous London home
  • MCC's Curator takes a fresh approach to Lord's and its collections
  • 245 illustrations, most newly photographed for the book
  • 'Exquisite' reproductions of paintings, photographs, architecture, memorabilia and cricket events through the ages


In 1814 Thomas Lord founded what has become the world’s most celebrated cricket ground. To mark the 200th anniversary of moving to its famous London home, this book paints a new portrait of its colourful evolution. Delving into the private vaults at Lord’s, the story draws on the fantastic array of original treasures belonging to MCC. From W.G. Grace to Brian Lara, Thomas Lord to Sachin Tendulkar, this fresh approach draws out the highlights to capture the atmosphere within the hallowed walls. For cricket fan or would-be visitor, A Portrait of Lord’s introduces cricket’s fascinating links to art and architecture, empire and class, spirit and society, connecting the club, ground and game to the wider world. Written by MCC curator Adam Chadwick, it is the first book on 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 Lord’s. The Foreword is by Nasser Hussain.


Adam Chadwick is Curator of Collections at Marylebone Cricket Club.
Nasser Hussain played 96 Tests for England, including 45 matches as captain.


"Unerring guide through a mine-field of cricket art and memorabilia. Best-written cricket book for years."
The British Art Journal

"Look at the contents: glorious, with much that is new; something of a masterpiece. The colour work is exquisitely reproduced, ranging from Winchilsea and Tendulkar and P.H.Calderon's Captain of the Eleven... through to Sobers, McGrath and Inzamam-ul-Haq towards the end. In between are reproductions of works of art, memorabilia and photographs embracing numerous aspects from two centuries of the truly “beautiful game”... Woven into a stylishly-delivered narrative by MCC's curator are many morsels of lesser-known history... Enhanced by the informed text, the images come thick and fast: people, architecture, memorabilia, events through the ages, even a classic photograph of the members' superb urinals. Verdict: 9."
David Frith, in The Cricket Statistician

"Adam Chadwick has taken time out to give us a chance to see the fruits of his labours and to look at the many artefacts, portraits and all things cricket and non-cricket in situ at Lord's, courtesy of some of the highest-quality photographs and reproductions possible... Adam Chadwick and Scala have produced something very worthwhile here ... I wish them well for the success of this book and hope there will be further joint ventures. "
The Journal of the Cricket Society

"I have yet to walk into Lord's without the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, a lump forming in my throat, and my eyes misting over. None of the books that I have read about Lord's in the past have even begun to replicate that, and of course they never could, but in fairness to A Portrait of Lord's, it certainly quickens the pulse... There is a well-written and concise narrative, the glue that holds together some superb imagery of the ground and more particularly its art, antiquities and memorabilia. the reproduction is of a very high quality indeed... There really is no substitute for owning a copy of this sumptuous production."
Martin Chandler, on Cricket Web

"You'll be bowled over."
Daily Mail