This complex work contains several of the images which feature in Burra's output in the early 1930s - marbled pediments, many-windowed buildings, large and small figures juxtaposed, emblematic devices and a fragmented pictorial space.

Burra wrote to Barbara Ker-Seymer from the Palace Hotel, Lyons that he was, 'just crazy over bird folk now & in Lyon right this moment am studying bird folk from my window in the palace'.

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