James Pollard
Fly Fishing in the River Lee near the Ferry Boat Inn 1831

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James Pollard 1792–1867
Fly Fishing in the River Lee near the Ferry Boat Inn
Date 1831
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 356 x 446 mm
frame: 465 x 552 x 70 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs F. Ambrose Clark through the British Sporting Art Trust 1982
Not on display

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Pollard was himself a keen angler and painted several small pictures on the theme. This charming scene forms a pair with 'Trolling for Pike in the River Lee', also in the Tate collection. The locations for many of these fishing subjects were on the outskirts of London; this view shows the Ferry Boat Inn at Lea Bridge near Clapton, which still stands today.
The improvements in tackle and the stocking of rivers and ponds had enabled fishing to become a popular recreation amongst the middle classes during the early nineteenth century. However, it was a subject only occasionally portrayed by artists, for the vast majority of patrons demanded equestrian sporting scenes.

April 1995

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