Clare Curtis Black Shuck
Clare Curtis - Black Shuck
Medium - Linocut and Collograph
31 x 46 cm Image Size
56.5 x 41 cm Paper Size
Edition of 50
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The demon dog has many incarnations across the British Isle but East Anglia has a very prevalent and persistent variety, Black Shuck. His origins are probably Viking but the name derives from the Anglo Saxon for Devil. Inseparably linked with the landscape, the large black phantom dog haunts coast, creek, mud flat and isolated road. Appearing to some with eyes fiercely glowing, an omen of death and bad fortune. To others the sound of padding paws and panting breath, a sinister but harmless presence following the weary traveller. Stories of Shuck go back for thousands of years with sightings still being recorded today. He has managed to find his way into popular culture too. Whilst staying in Norfolk Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was told the legend of Black Shuck and the following year he published the ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.‘A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame.