Oil on board painted from a black and white image of Edgar Kilminster ( 1870) age 7 , convicted of stealing sweatmeats at Gloucester court , he was sentenced with 7 days hard labour & 12 strokes with the birch . . I decided to paint him in muted colours and a limited palette which I distressed , reflecting an old photograph and to highlight his situation ,His face looks haunted .
I visited Ripon court and jail and saw how the conditions were in Victorian times , I was touched by the stories and the photo's of the prisoners . So when I got home I researched the subject . I was touched by the mainly small crimes almost always bourne out of poverty and the severity of the punishments . There is a sense of injustice , these were real people , someone's relatives . Thank goodness it is a time past , another world
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