George Smart

The Earth Stopper

Details

Artist

George Smart

Title

The Earth Stopper

Date

1840

Medium

Mixed media (patchwork and watercolour)

Dimensions

H: 36 x W: 48 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0030.F

Collection

British Folk Art

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A cutting attached to the reverse of this picture tells its story: ‘The Business of an Earth Stopper, the Night previous to a Day’s Sport, is to stop up the Fox’s Earth whilst he is out Feeding. The above gentle Swain is supposed to be on his way home, when by a sudden turn of the Lane he is brought plump upon what he conceives to be nothing more or less than the Devil, but which in fact is a simple Sweep and his Donkey’.

George Smart The Earth Stopper 1840 © Compton Verney