3036 – Selling the Wind picture: Copy of a picture of a woman selling the wind

Physical description:
Printed copy of picture affixed to foam board for display. Picture has a signature Paul Houtuwill (?).
Museum classification:
Sea witchcraft
Size:
22.5x24
Information:
In Devon and Cornwall the witches living along the north facing coasts did a good trade in selling the wind to sea faring men. The sale took the form of exchanging a white rope with three knots tied in it for money. The idea being that when one required a certain wind the sailor unleashed one of the knots and so on. (Text by Cecil Williamson)
Resource:
Object
Materials:
Card