A Pocket full of Posies….

New canvas.24″ x 24″ Acrylic.


“A pocket Full of Posies.”
The Plague Doctor would wear a leather or wooden mask with sweet smelling flowers and herbs stuffed into it’s elongated “Nose” or “Beak”. The belief was that the Plague infection was carried by the smell and prevention of inhaling the smell would protect the doctor from the sickness…
The Nursery Ryme “Ring-a ring-a Rosies” refers to the Plague. The rose coloured rings being the wheel shaped open sores or Bubos which appeared on the skin as a first sign of illness.