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title unknown (grotesque capital, Wells Cathedral)
  • Europe
  • title unknown (grotesque capital, Wells Cathedral), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Wells, England, United Kingdom
  • albumen print
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  • Transfer from the Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Not on display
  • S2015.043

A frontal, architectural view of a capital of a pier (identified as Wells Cathedral of Somerset, England). The capital portrays two grotesque figures identified as a farmer and a robber. The moment depicted shows the farmer catching the robber stealing grapes, at which point the farmer hits the other man with a pitchfork. Subsequently, the farmer loses his hat, which appears behind his head on the left side. The incision or rather indentation on top of the thief's bald head may indicate the damage inflicted by the pitchfork. The pier is abutted by two others the right and left side that have foliated capitals.