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Painting - In the Dock

In the Dock

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1877 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hunt, Charles, born 1803 - died 1877 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil paint on canvas, gilded wood and gesso frame

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oil painting depicting a group of children holding a pretend court session, in which a dog is standing trial for having killed a rabbit. Seven children are gathered around a table, six wearing wigs, and one with a mortarboard. One child is reading a handwritten sheet of paper, and another is seated at the table writing. A dead rabbit lies on the table in the centre of the table. One of the group is pointing accusingly towards a white dog which is sat on a chair to the right of the painting. The dog's front legs are tied as though handcuffed. A boy stands next to the dog holding its left ear. There is a dark coloured dog (not very visible) between the 'defendants' chair and the table.

The painting is housed in its original gilded frame.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1877 (painted)


Hunt, Charles, born 1803 - died 1877 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil paint on canvas, gilded wood and gesso frame


Height: 45.7 cm, Length: 60.9 cm

Descriptive line

In the Dock, oil painting by Charles Hunt, British, 1877


Oil colour; Canvas; Wood; Gesso


Painting (image-making); Gilding

Subjects depicted

Judges; Justice; Children; Dogs; Rabbits; Play


Children & Childhood; Paintings; Play


Museum of Childhood

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