West Tarring is a village just north of Worthing and Martin was living in the village by 1855. The game of stoolball, which originated in the 15th Century, is believed by scholars to be a forerunner of both cricket and baseball and was traditionally played by milkmaids using their milking stools as wickets. A study version of this subject in watercolour by Martin is in the collection of Worthing Museum Art Gallery. They have confirmed that the scene is a game of stoolball.
Miss Boult, granddaughter of Robert Southey (1774-1843), who had friendships at West Tarring by whom bequeathed to Sir Arthur Bryant, the historian (1899-1985), Myles Place, Sailsbury Christies, Executors' sale, London, September 6th 1985, lot 737 (as 'EAM')