The painting of the Brisbane Cricket Ground is part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s worldwide Art of Cricket Series. ( Cover Number MCC 026). It was produced during the Ashes Test at Lords on the 16 July 2009. The stamp is a limited edition “Smiler” (Pstamp) bearing the MCC and Ashes logo. It has been cancelled on the first day of the match. It was produced by Chapman and Mitchell Covers in association with Bletchley Park Post Office. (now closed 2015)
It shows a painting of the “Gabba” done by Brisbane artist, William Bustard, in 1952 (oil on canvas).
William Bustard was born in 1894 in Terrington, Malton, Yorkshire, England. Living close to the York Minster, he was influenced by its stained glass work and music. He studied at the Scarborough Art School and won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He served in the army in World War I and contracted tuberculosis. He immigrated in 1921 to Queensland, Australia where his health recovered.
In order to make a living, he undertook a range of artistic work, including teaching, commissions, book illustrating and drawing pictures for advertisements. He specialised in stained glass and his work can be found in many churches and buildings in South East Queensland. He died on 24 August 1973 in Southport.
In 2015 the Museum of Brisbane held a major exhibition of his works.