Let­ter of the week An­cient an­glers

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DAVID PROFUMO’S re­cent in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on the cor­morant men­tioned the bird’s abil­ity to be trained to catch fish (De­cem­ber 7). Tourists can see de­mon­stra­tions of this to­day in China, but there are few pic­tures of the sport in Eng­land and this im­age (above) from the late 19th cen­tury may be of in­ter­est to read­ers.

It is the head­ing from a sheet of pic­to­rial writ­ing pa­per, a pop­u­lar item of late-19th-cen­tury sta­tionery, which more usu­ally had an en­grav­ing of lo­cal sights or build­ings; the sug­ges­tion is that this may have been a spe­cial or­der for the es­tate and cor­morant owner. The artist is F. Fro­hawk and it il­lus­trates clearly how the fish­ing was con­trolled and the throat re­stric­tion used to pre­vent the bird ac­tu­ally swal­low­ing its catch. Amoret Tanner, Berk­shire

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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