Lot 237: Robert Nightingale (British, 1815-1895): The Decoy Pond at Grange Farm, Essex, with the Squire of Dengie Manor & his decoyman in the foreground beside their dogs & catch, oil on canvas, H 87 x W 137 cm. Note: In use until the early 1900s, the Grange Farm Decoy Pond covered just over an acre & had six pipes. In an average year, the pond trapped almost 2,000 wildfowl, mostly wigeon, but was occasionally known to have trapped 10,000 birds in a single season. The pond has now been filled in & no traces of its existence remain. The present picture provides a realistic, historically significant portrayal of trapping wild duck that tells us much about this aspect of nineteenth century rural life.
Boningtons' The Country House Sale July 2015
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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