James Pollard
Trolling for Pike in the River Lee 1831

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James Pollard 1792–1867
Trolling for Pike in the River Lee
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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The three anglers on the river bank below a weir are 'trolling' or fishing with a running line. The centre figure has already hooked a jack, or young pike, while his companion on the right is poised with a gaff to help land the fish.
Pollard had a prolific output of sporting subjects. He was himself a keen angler and painted several small pictures on the theme. The locations for many of his fishing subjects were on the outskirts of London. This charming scene on the River Lee at Waltham Abbey, to the north-east of the city, forms a pair with 'Fly Fishing in the River Lee', also in the Tate collection.

April 1996

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