oil on canvas
A picture from a thank goodness bygone age. The travelling bear both delights and terrifies. These bears were taught to 'dance' by applying heated metal plates to their feet whilst music was played. The RSPCA was formed in 1824 partly to outlaw such practices though it took a long time. As this picture vividly displays, such practices along with rat-killing, cock-fighting etc. were long and widely supported (as is fox hunting today in many country regions).