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.
Where to see this painting?
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
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