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Oil Painting - Dominicans in Feathers

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1890P84
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1880 - 1887

Maker Information

Artist:Henry Stacey Marks - View biography for Henry Stacey Marks


The title compares the black and white plumage of the penguins to the black and white robes of Dominican monks. It was intended to be both gently comic and more bitingly satirical. Marks was noted for both his humourous subjects and his paintings of birds. In his autobiography he notes that birds made better models that humans, since they were less conceited, less greedy and less boring.

Presented by Sir John Holder, 1890.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas.


Height:620 mm
Width:1855 mm