by William Bowyer Click on the links below to find out more
oil on board, 1986
32 in. x 27 5/8 in. (813 mm x 702 mm)
- William Bowyer (1926-2015), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
The cricketer 'Viv' Richards, born in Antigua, was a prolific batsman and charismatic captain of the West Indian test side. He began his first class career in 1972 and two years later qualified for Somerset. He played for the county until the controversial ending of his contract in 1986. In 1976 his test aggregate of 1,710 runs at an average of 90 set a record. He is seen in this portrait at the crease.
- NPG x88922: Honor Elizabeth Clerk (includes the portrait)
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