Canal Art Work
Barge Ware Art or Canal Ware Art is a traditional British folk art. This highly decorative form of folk art once adorned the working narrow boats on the waterways of Britain
Canal ware, Barge ware, is used to describe decorated items and household utensil's, rather than the painting that can be found on the Barges themselves.
Traditionally these items are highly decorated designs. I can not find out how this British folk art began, but think it seems to be in the late 1700s when Britain's canals were at their busiest.
I can imagine on some journeys there would be a lot of down time, such as waiting to be loaded and unloaded.. and queues at the locks or between jobs. To pass time and maybe to earn extra income art work like this could have been done at these times.
Roses and flowers seem to be popular, and landscapes of distant hill and castles.. all these views can be seen around our inland waterways