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How an artist shattered Victorian ideas about disability

7 mins | May 29, 2022
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'The lady without legs or arms.' In 1784, Sarah Biffin was born with the congenital condition phocomelia at a time when the artistry of women and disabled people was generally ignored. But despite this, she refused to be defined by her circumstance and taught herself to write, paint and sew using her mouth and shoulder. With a 2023 London exhibit due to celebrate her as an inspiring artist, Dalya Alberge explores her extraordinary life and talents, including her phenomenal still lifes, such as her Study of Feathers.
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