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Large Staffordshire Bull-baiting Group. Sherratt Type, Circa 1825.

Large Staffordshire Bull-baiting Group.

Sherratt type,

Circa 1825

The large bullbaiting group shows a large bull being worried by two dogs, one of which has been tossed into the air.  The farmer owner stands to one side encouraging his dogs.  The group stand on a raised footed platform with the two plaques to the front of the base- one reading Bull Beating and the other Now Captain Lad.

Dimensions: 10 1/2 inches high x 13 1/2 inches wide x 5 inches deep.

Reference:  People, Passions, Pastimes and Pleasures: Staffordshire Figures 1810-35. Myrna Schkolne, Chapter 13 on bullbaiting.. See page 137 for a similar figure.  The author suggests that the "Now Captain Lad" is the owner's encouragement to his dog.

On page 139, the author illustrates a Thomas Berwick engraving for Gay's fable, The Bull and the Mastiff where the pose of the bull and dog appear to be a source for these figures.

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