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"Four for a Boy"

In the original magpie poem, this line represented the prediction of the sex of a coming child. Abandoning the stereotypical representation of sex, three delicate feathers are used here. 


One of a kind charcoal and watercolor.

4.5"x4.5" in an 13"x13" frame, matted




Having broken down the magpie rhyme "One for Sorrow" into a series of ten pieces, I focus on the attribution of fate and chance to Nature. According to the superstition of the magpie poem, dating back to late-1700s Britain, the number of magpie birds seen tells if one will have bad or good fortune: 

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird you must not miss

Four for a Boy

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