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Hungry Grafton


'Hungry Grafton', an oil painting depicting a village near Stratford-upon-Avon. Temple Grafton is mentioned in a verse associated with the tale of Shakespeare's drinking contest at Bidford-on-Avon. According to this tale, Shakespeare drunk himself to a stupor and lost the contest at the Falcon Inn. The following morning, when his companions suggested they return to avenge their defeat, Shakespeare refused, having had enough of supping with 'Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston, Haunted Hilbro` [Hillborough], Hungry [Temple] Grafton, Dudging Exhall, Papist Wicksford [Wixford], Beggarly Broom, and Drunken Bedford [Bidford]'.

  • Measurements

  • Width

    550 mm (frame)

  • Height

    390 mm (frame)

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust