Players, Personalities and Legends

Foreword by John Howard former Prime Minister of Australia.

The idea for Lords of Cricket was first given to Jocelyn Galsworthy by the Commercial and Membership Manager of the Adelaide Oval, Terry Davies, ex-Glamorgan wicketkeeper.

It is very rare for international players, past and present, to give of their time so willingly and it is equally unusual to find a collection of portraits entirely drawn from life, when very often photographs will do.

The personalities who make up this book were specially chosen by the artist because, in her estimation, they had contributed significantly to the game of cricket with all its ramifications. Not only are they masters of their art but wonderful ambassadors for their sport. The short biography by Judy Vigors which accompanies each portrait adds depth and colour to the subject.

A much acclaimed exhibition of this collection was held in September 2004 at the House of Lords, supported by Lord MacLaurin through the Vodafone Foundation.

The Artist

Jocelyn Galsworthy was born on 7th May 1942 in Hampshire. She started painting professionally over fifty years ago after studying at Winchester College of Art, The City and Guilds School of Art in Kennington and furthering her technique at teaching studios in Paris, Munich and Granada.

After specialising in portraits, Jocelyn decided, in 1985, to devote her energies to painting cricket matches. Having always loved the game, this seemed a logical step and one which has given her enormous pleasure over the years. She now combines portrait painting with cricket, landscapes, seascapes, golf and any other subject for which she may be commissioned.

Apart from painting, Jocelyn loves gardening, anything French, anything Australian and the pleasures of the table.

She also has many godchildren who keep her in touch with the younger generation. She is a lifelong member of Hampshire Cricket, an Honorary Member of the Lady Taverners, a Trustee of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation and an Associate Member of MCC, even though it will take another ten years before her dream of becoming a full member comes true!

Jocelyn has given many talks about her life painting cricket and has taken part in various television and radio programmes over the years.

The Author

Judy Vigors, born 11th April 1941, comes from Gloucestershire where her father J. N. Kendall farmed at Brimpsfield, established the Birdlip and Brimpsfield Cricket Club in 1934 and was sometime captain and President until he died.

In 1948, the family moved to Bermuda, where Judy spent an idyllic childhood, returning to England ten years later. Judy is married with one son and now lives on the Isle of Wight surrounded by a motley collection of animals.

Horses have featured prominently in her life, especially the speedy variety, as did singing with the St. Paul’s Knightsbridge Festival Choir with whom she spent a very happy twenty-eight years.

By dint of writing these biographies, what had been merely lip service paid to the game of cricket has now transformed itself, at this late stage in her life, into a compelling interest.

Judy was the co-author of Jocelyn’s last book White Hats and Cricket Bats which was published in 2000.

To order 'Lords of Cricket'

You may order copies of 'Lords of Cricket' direct from the artist who will sign you a copy. You will find her contact details at the foot of the page. 

Postage is £10.