Item #CL174-74 Fuss And Feathers. Livingston Hopkins, Amer./Aust.
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Fuss And Feathers

c1894. Ink and wash with affixed slips of letterpress and postage stamp, signed lower left, titled on backing verso, 44 x 28.9cm. Foxing, soiling, laid down on original backing.

The centre panel depicts the character “The Little Boy from Manly”, created by Hopkins in 1885 in relation to the Sudan War. This character, often used by Hopkins, became a personification of NSW and later of Australia. In this drawing the “Boy from Manly”, captioned “I thought I had a stamp”, was a send up of the penny postage rates. This concept was later reworked and issued in 1898 as an etching, using an elderly man instead of a boy. Another panel, concerning a humane approach to using ostrich plumage for hats, refers to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), founded in Victoria in 1894.

Item #CL174-74

Price (AUD): $3,300.00  other currencies

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