Enough to Make an Angel Swear, or–Real Birds Plucking the Sham

Robert Seymour British
Publisher Thomas McLean British

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Robert Seymour here imitates the style of contemporary satires by William Heath in a work that comments on the vogue for feathers used in women's fashion. A pink, feather-covered gown worn by a distressed belle has attracted angry birds in the foreground, while a similarly dressed figure flees towards a house in the background, pursued by a second flock. This print anticipates conservationist efforts later in the century which encouraged a boycott of exotic feathers as decoration for women's hats, since their use was encouraging the extinction of many bird species.

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