The Greatest Interest

For Wright, as Casson, art was an integral part of the design of a room.  


“The artist’s point of view is necessary from the beginning, not merely for decoration but as part of the whole”.


In the Cricketer’s Tavern, Ruskin Spear’s CBE R.A.  life-size, oil portraits of legendary cricketers W.G. Grace, Sir Donald Bradman, Learie N. Constantine and K.S. Ranjitsinhji, brought the theme of the bar to life and cleverly acted as as sub-dividers to separate the seating areas.  Cricket was a subject dear to Wright’s heart but in choosing it as a theme for a bar on board CANBERRA he wanted to celebrate “the greatest interest common to Englishman and Australian”!


On the surrounding willow walls, the designer Margaret Redfern created a montage of autographed cricket bats, balls, caps and pads from a collection amassed with the help of the former England Captain, Colin Cowdrey.


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The Greatest Interest