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This shows seine fishing, a method of catching pilchards by then rarely used in Mount's Bay. Craft chose the subject as it involved a large group, which enabled him to include many Newlyn rioters. Some 'ringleaders' were recognised by their clothes: William Tonkin (then about 60) 'had on a guernsey with braces over it', Thomas Harvey (aged 41) 'a black cap and a knitted jersey', and Alfred Green (22) 'a white blouse and peaked cap', and there are figures matching their age and description in this painting.
oil on canvas
H 143.5 x W 212 cm
PEZPH : 1989.51