I wanted to use a story I’d read about two famous bears, Harry Hunks and Sackerson, who’d escaped the bear pit in Lambeth. I found a fantastic elizabethan illustration of a bear tied to a plinth. I like how it looks thin and ferocious, the pose makes it look tired but aggressive. I think it conveys the idea of bear baiting better than a lot of pictures of rounder, softer bears in the wild.
i used it for a template drawing of a bear pit using marbled paper and ink textures.
I was really happy with the look of this and would like to incorporate it into my map pattern. I liked the idea of containing a simple ‘narrative’ in the pattern which can be discovered.
I made my own bear picture, of the escaped bear, based on the above.