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The Cock Fight

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

The Cock Fight

Date

About 1850

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

H: 76 x W: 88.5 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0022.F

Collection

British Folk Art

Status

On Display

Cock fights continued despite becoming illegal in 1849. At the top right of the painting a policeman bursts through the door, truncheon in hand, probably to stop the fight. The painting suggests the universality of cock fighting, with different social classes represented by the onlookers.

The Cock Fight About 1850 © Compton Verney