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Oral Disguises

Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird) (1887-1965)


Pen and ink

2 x 3 ¼ inches

Punch, 4 September 1963, Page 329

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1865-2019', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2019-January 2020, No 65

'Trying to evade the press, Mrs Paul Robeson left home wearing a plastic hood and carrying letters between her teeth. This new development in disguise is ingenious and capable of development. Non-smokers could bite pipes, men could grip handles of shopping baskets like well-trained dogs and women could pack their mouths with copies of manly periodicals. Did pirates, perhaps, carry cutlasses between their teeth, not to leave their hands free for boarding ships, but to fox identify parades?'

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