“Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.”
This is an illustration from a penny broadside, London, 1842.
The caption reads, Another dreadful suicide at the Monument.
The falling figure is Jane Cooper, a servant girl.
She was the sixth and last person to jump from the monument, erected to commemorate the Great Fire of London, 1666.
The gallery is now enclosed in an iron cage.