Oil on Canvas
35.1 x 39.4 cm
Bear baiting was a popular town spectacle in Britain before it was banned in 1835 by the Cruelty to Animals Act. Afterwards, illegal bear baiting contests were sometimes held indoors by artificial light, which may be what is depicted here.
Bear Baiting, English School 1830s © Compton Verney
Reference CVCSC 0013.F