"Captain of the Eleven"
Seen just before Uncle Monty threatens Marwood with burglary:
... and again just after
This find was the result of an extremely fortunate and fateful pausing of the movie to go get either
more popcorn or more sherry. Probably sherry. I staggered back to the couch to hit play, and my
eye was caught by the framed photo on the wall behind Uncle Monty (first photo). Squinting, I said
to myself "Bugger me if that doesn't look like a cricket player." How I would know this, as I live in
New York and have never seen a game of cricket in my life, is beyond me... I can only vaguely guess
it's all that BBC I watch.
I Googled "oil painting boy playing cricket" and immediately hit upon this painting by Philip Hermogenes Calderon.
I was ecstatic - but my jaw nearly hit the floor when I read this description of the painting: "Handsome portrait
of a young boy in front of a wicket with his bat straight to the ground in a defensive pose."
I mean - look at Marwood in the second photo. If he's not a young man with his bat pointing straight to
the ground, and if that isn't a defensive pose, I don't know what is!
This portrait is only visible in the film for about a second and a half each time... so the fact that I paused
the DVD at exactly that moment, identified and found a copy of the portrait, and the fact that it was apparently
chosen to perfectly fit this scene is bloody flippin' AMAZING.