Letter of the week Ancient anglers
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
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