The Bird's Fancy Dress Ball

The Bird's Fancy Dress Ball
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The Bird's Fancy Dress BallThe Bird's Fancy Dress BallThe Bird's Fancy Dress Ball

Drawings by Stephen Tennant.

London. Printed for the Dorien Leigh Galleries by the Pelican Press. No date [c.1921]. Stapled pale blue paper wrappers, title label pasted to front cover. 24 pages. Numerous line drawings by Stephen Tennant. 215 x 140mm (8 x 5"). 0.1kg. . English. Very good; some spotting to wrappers, very light shelf wear, slight rusting of staples.

Stephen Tennant's very scarce first book containing drawings he produced when he was 13. The publication of the book was financed by his mother Pamela and it's probable that she provided much of the amusing text. The book accompanied Tennant's first public exhibition held at the Dorien Leigh Gallery in South Kensington in 1921. He was just 15. The drawings in the book have their foundation in Tennant's schoolroom doodles and consist of anthropomorphic animals wearing fashionable attire. They are caricatures, satirical in nature, mocking the vanities and sensibilities of society - 'This Owl's hat was a failure, but, then, would she know how to dress? Even the moon looks scornful'.

[Hoare, Philip. Serious Pleasures. p.20]