Peasants Fleeing (Witchcraft)

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This piece may have been a section of a larger painting. It's subject could relate to witchcraft.

An overturned pitcher and a bowl can be seen on the ground in the bottom left corner. Above is a peasant woman on her hands and knees and to her left, a young man is running towards her with arms outstretched and cloak billowing out behind him. He carries a hurdy-gurdy on his belt, which would appear to identify him as some sort of street entertainer. Behind him an old man, accompanied by an agitated dog at his heels, raises his hands and shouts in a gesture of shock and terror. On the right, two further women are running wildly in the direction of the man with the hurdy-gurdy. The subject is obscure, other than that the panel seems to present a group of rustic people fleeing before an unidentified threat.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries



Peasants Fleeing (Witchcraft)




oil on wood


H 24.1 x W 36.8 cm

Accession number

NCM 1961-318

Acquisition method

purchased from Mrs Sybil Fisher, 1961

Work type



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