Footlose and fancy free

  • Available
    Products
    14
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 25

Cases & Skins

Wall Art

Home Decor

Stationery

Artist's Description

This gull appeared not to have any feet – hence the title* footlose* and not footloose – captured at Mevagissey Harbour, Cornwall, UK

In most sailing vessels the lower edge of the mainsail, known as the foot, was lashed to a boom to keep it stretched and properly shaped. However, there were some exceptions, notably the London River barges. These did not have a boom and the sail was allowed to hang loose along the foot. Loose-footed sails, as they came to be called, had a mind of their own and were more difficult to control. It is from this that the meaning footloose and fancy free is believed to have come.

Artwork Comments

  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • lynn carter
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • Aggpup
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • John44
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • Al Bourassa
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • Susie Peek
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • JUSTART
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • Jamie  Green
  • Photography  by Mathilde
  • Shulie1
  • Photography  by Mathilde
,
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.

setupCarousels();