A boy employed by a farmer as a bird-watcher (?) in a cornfield. Mezzotint by J. Ward, 1810.
- Ward, James, 1769-1859.
- Jan. 1st 1810
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He sits on a grassy bank in front of a big stook of corn. His dog lies on the left. Paraphernalia on the ground include a jug, a horn, and a mechanical device (bird trap?). OED currently records birdwatcher only in its 20th-century sense (a naturalist who studies birds). Is this bird-watcher employed to scare away birds and prevent them from eating crops?
Illustration of a passage in The farmer's boy, a very well-known poem by Robert Bloomfield published in 1800
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