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Bird Scaring – March

Photo credit: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

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Children often worked as human scarecrows during the 1800s. In this painting the boy is shaking a 'clacker' to stop crows eating newly-sown seed. Despite the chill weather, he has only sack-cloth and a small fire to keep warm. The artist was influenced by French painters of rural life such as Bastien-Lepage, Millet and Corot. Viewers of this painting sometimes ask if the scene is Lancashire, but Clausen mostly painted in Essex and is not known to have worked in Lancashire.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Preston


Date

1896

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 127 x W 151 cm

Accession number

PRSMG : P74

Acquisition method

purchased

Work type

Painting


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