Cricket Match at Brighton, 1849

This print was published in 1849. It shows a cricket match taking place by St Peter’s Church in Brighton.

Hats off

Aside from the cricket, what’s most remarkable about this print is the sheer number of hats on display.

There are just two people here without hats, both men in the centre foreground. One appears to be holding his hat by his side, but there is no sign that the other even possess a hat. Is it hidden by his side, or was he bold enough to attend without a hat?

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