Threshing Day at Compton Dundon

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 ‘Threshing Day’ 

Until quite recent years this age old farming activity could be seen at Compton Dundon between Street and Somerton in Somerset. For over two hundred years the Wright family of thatchers have worked there and it is where they have grown their own crops, stooked them, ricked them and then threshed them in order to obtain the thatching straw for their thatching firm which has been roofing properties in the area for centuries.

The gentleman to the left in the painting is the Late Harold Wright who was famous in the world of thatching and displayed his craft for years at The Royal Bath and West Show 

Though the original painting sold some time ago there are still some signed Limited Edition prints available from my Studio Website .It is a largish size print, suitable for an  over the fireplace sort of position.



The Field-Marshall was a tractor of highly distinctive design made at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire  and used in the forties and fifties in particular by agricultural contractors to power such equipment as the Threshing Machine (above)

The original again has been sold but A4 size signed prints are still availabe at the website

About Michael Cooper

Bonsai enthusiast and artist. After recording the rural scene in watercolours for over thirty years and having my own studio gallery I am now semi retired. I still sell my prints though to customers worldwide via my website and through the Somerset Crafts Gallery, Avalon Marshes Centre,Westhay nr Glastonbury BA6 9TT. The rest of the time is spent looking after my bonsai trees, I like the exercise.
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