Detail: 1873 -Pie-John admiring himself Title Page: The Children’s Friend, 1873
Detail: 1873 – Pie-John admiring himself in the Looking-Glass
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“Pie-John, admiring himself in the Looking-Glass” is one of a series of images in the extended tale of a Pigeon named “Pie-John”. All the anecdotes and their illustrations come to us from the 1873 edition of “The Children’s Friend. In brief, the anecdotes relate the life of Pie-John, who after losing his mate, attaches himself to the household cat “Poppety” and eventually also to her kittens from various litters. It also relates his awkward relationship with “Crusoe” the household dog, and how they sorted themselves out. Pie-John did admire his looks and in this humorous but true-to-life illustration, we get to see Pie-John doing just that, admiring his own reflection in the mirror. A truly charming and splendidly clear image from the pencil of Harrison Weir. An interesting note to this story, is that it is a true story out of Australia, reported in letters to the editor in England.
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