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One For Sorrow

One For Sorrow

Bakelite phone and taxidermy Magpie

East Ante Room

Courtesy the Artist


Polly Morgan's practice focuses on taxidermy, which she uses in unexpected ways. There is a quiet, haunting quality to her work, none more so than in this piece, where the association of one magpie - One for Sorrow - underlines the inherent melancholy of this room.

The period telephone can be associated with the 8th Lady Berwick's heyday at Attingham; her controversial portrait by Sickert hangs above. This piece symbolises the losses in her life and indeed her own tragic death.

Polly Morgan

Polly Morgan places her taxidermy animals in unexpected settings: using a very traditional craft in unusual ways raises questions about the setting and the animals themselves. Placing the animals out of their usual context invites us to look at them anew.

Polly Morgan's recent exhibitions include Psychopomps at the Haunch of Venison gallery and The Age of the Marvellous at All Visual Arts, both in London, and she has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad. She is a member of the Guild of Taxidermists.