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Pavement artist fined at Ilfracombe
If you’ve ever dreamt of being a pavement artist (and let’s face it…who hasn’t?) but have never had the talent for drawing or producing art ‘live’ in a public place, then this little scam maybe just up your ally!
Ilfracombe Magistrates imposed a fine of 20s., or 14 days’ imprisonment, on George Claig, pavement artist, of no fixed abode, at the Ilfracombe Sessions on Monday on a charge of using Arcade-road (a prohibited place) for the plying of his calling as a pavement artist.
P.C. Hooper insisted that Claig was exhibiting several pictures on the pavement and when people looked at them he placed his hat to receive alms.
Sergeant Gould told the Bench that the pictures Claig was exhibiting were not hand-painted; they were pictures cut from a magazine and pasted on cardboard.
Published in The Western Times (Friday 25th August 1939)
What’s wrong with this picture then?
Researched by Philip Battle