Peacocks and their feathers were a big theme in Victorian trade (advertising) cards, so I thought I’d share some today! They are beautiful birds, even if they can be annoying to live near – very noisy!
She is a peacock in everything but beauty. Oscar Wilde
Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock. Aristotle
At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all. Baltasar Gracian
“Dream tonight of peacock tails, / Diamond fields and spouter whales. /
Ills are many, blessings few, / But dreams tonight will shelter you.”
Fly pride, says the peacock. William Shakespeare
She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue, Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue; Striped like a zebra, freckled like a
pard, Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr’d. John Keats
The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of his tail. Rabindranath Tagore
Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. Jean Paul
Feathers predate birds. Robert T. Bakker
I like the way the peacock is subtly worked into this lady’s dress pattern. And here below – although not Victorian – is a photo of my latest Lenox Carousel animal acquisition, couldn’t resist when I saw it!