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  Themes Homepage > From Market Town to Railway Town > Mr Shackel, a farmer from Earley, 1832
   
Mr Shackel, a farmer from Earley, 1832
 
   
Mr Shackel, a farmer from Earley, 1832
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Brief Description: Watercolour entitled 'Mr Shackel' (a gentleman farmer from Earley, Reading), by A R Burt, Jan 1832
Subject Date: January 1840
Creator: Albin Robert Burt
 
Full Description: This splendid watercolour portrait shows a prosperous farmer from Earley - at that point a hamlet, quite separate from the town of Reading. He looks wealthy and well-fed - a living representation of John Bull! Such a figure would have regularly travelled into nearby Reading to sell his produce in the market and, on Michaelmas day, to hire farmworkers for the coming year. The 1830s were, however, a period of poverty and desperation for most agricultural workers in the area around Reading. The 'Captain Swing' riots of the 1830s reflected this underlying insecurity. When the riots spread to Berkshire dragoons were dispatched to Reading from Windsor to deal with the rioters and many were arrested. Probably Mr Shackel would have belonged to the local yeomanry which joined with the dragoons to seek out trouble-makers.
 
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Dimensions: Width: 8.5in, Height: 11.5in
Subject: portrait, agriculture
Name Subject: Shackle (Mr)
Content Type: painting
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1945.154.1
Unique ID: rm-rm-1945_154_1~s0406033-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
 
 
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