Due to high visitor numbers anticipated this weekend, 22 and 23 January, we advise booking tickets for Grinling Gibbons and John Nash exhibition entry. If you do not have a ticket booked we may not have capacity to allow entry to the exhibitions. The restaurant will be walk up service only, no table bookings.

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Bear Baiting

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Bear Baiting

Date

1830s

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

H: 35.1 x W: 39.4 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0013.F

Collection

British Folk Art

Status

On Display

Bear baiting was a popular town spectacle in Britain before it was banned in 1835. Afterwards, illegal bear baiting was sometimes held indoors by artificial light, which may be what is depicted here.

Bear Baiting 1830s © Compton Verney