Over the last week or so I've been working on a new screen print with Clive Hicks-Jenkins - The Tiger's Bride. The print see's Clive return to some of the themes he began to explore in the very first print we made together Man Slain by a Tiger. As well as a Tiger the prints have a common interest in Staffordshire Pottery and in particular their penny-dreadful tendency to celebrate awful events. Based on the Staffordshire group titled The Death of the Lion Queen the print draws on the tragic death of Ellen Bright who in 1850 entered a cage of big cats for the entertainment of a paying audience. At just seventeen years old Ellen was a relatively inexperienced 'lion tamer' and needless to say it didn't end well.
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