Abbotsbury, Ship Inn f.102
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Smuggling was a common and lucrative activity in Britain's coastal communities in Grimm's day. The secluded coves and hidden bays dotted around the Dorset shoreline provided ample opportunity for piracy. In 1737 the cover was blown on the Ship Inn, the local smuggling headquarters, when three-quarters of a ton of tea, together with rum, brandy, silk and cotton, were discovered stashed under a hedge on a road nearby.