Nicholas Wanostrocht, (1804-1876), known as Nicholas Felix, was a first class cricketer credited with inventing the Catapulta (a bowling machine) as well as India-rubber batting gloves.

He also wrote a cricket manual, Felix on the Bat(1845) which was illustrated by his friend G F Watts (1817 1904), the artist who created the Watts Gallery in Compton. Watts had Adam East make a number of lithograph prints of his drawings illustrating the book.

Illustrations by G F Watts for the book Felix on the Bat. Courtesy of the Watts Gallery

Illustrations by G F Watts for the book Felix on the Bat.
Courtesy of the Watts Gallery

Illustrations by G F Watts for the book Felix on the Bat. Courtesy of the Watts Gallery

Illustrations by G F Watts for the book Felix on the Bat.
Courtesy of the Watts Gallery

Useful Links

The Origins of Cricket in Surrey

The Bedser Twins, modern cricketing heroes

Julius Caesar

Billy Beldham and Lumpy Stevens

The Watts Gallery

Compton

19th Century Surrey

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