Bating the Fox

September 19, 2019 8:40 am Published by

This picture is related to a superior version : Baiting the Fox by Marmaduke Cradock, National Trust, Middlethorpe Hall, North Yorkshire. Not on show. NT 1548245.

Craddock is known to have painted more that one version of a number of pictures and only signed the superior artwork.

This picture not simply a detached, ornamental view. The tethered fox creates drama which is a device used by Cradock and his followers, not usually encountered in ornamental bird pieces. The birds on the ground are giving alarm calls, and the duck has been sent into a flurried flight to avert danger.

Characteristically the individual birds are painted with great accuracy, making them easily identifiable.

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