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Springbok Girl

Photo credit: World Rugby Museum

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This painting was discovered in a house clearance in Wales. At the beginning of the 20th century, when the artist created the likeness, certainly no rugby was played by girls and the girl depicted her is unlikely to have been an official mascot. Research proved that our little ‘Springbok’ was, in fact, a Welsh girl named Kathleen Trick. Her father, a member of the London Welsh RFC, had been invited to a costume ball given by the Lord Mayor of London in honour of the first touring South-African side.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    124 x 74 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1999


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