See Oliver, p. 43, fig. 49 and 50 for two similar bull-baiting groups attributed to Sherratt. A cruel sport of the day pitted trained fighting dogs or bulldogs against a tethered bull. Spectators were then encouraged to bet upon the outcome. Here the owner or trainer lies ready to be trampled as his partner, the barker or bullward, with raised hat encourages the crowd. Also see Sharp p. 169, an Act of Parliament abolished bull-baiting in 1837. In the same year, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was established.