Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Of a different stripe

   As there are only a couple of thousand tigers left in the wild tiger skin rugs often elicit revulsion, but this is a recent phenomenon, previous reactions were often more carnal as can be seen in this detail from Stanley Spencer's 1940 self-portrait with the redoubtable Daphne Charlton,“On the tiger skin rug” -

    - though there were others less comfortable with tigers who'd had their ribs ablated;

                                                                                                                C E Jensen 1892