122 – Witch picture

Physical description:
Picture of witch with toad. Lost in 2004 flood.
Museum classification:
Images of Witchcraft
275 x 340mm
Text by Cecil Williamson: 'There always has been an affinity of mutual affection between witch and toad. Time and again it is recorded in the witch trials, that old mortever so-and-so had a box or an earth-ware vessel under the bed which contained a number of plump toads, like the witch in the picture. Witches in the south west make friends of toads and regard them as luck bringers and good as a familiar spirit to have around the house. Sad that so many people kill them on sight and are frightened of them.'
Copyright ownership:
Copyright to The Museum of Witchcraft Ltd.