Laura Gascoigne

The enduring allure of ‘er indoors

Laing Art Gallery’s new exhibition The Enchanted Interior presents an aviary of caged birds, past and present

‘She’s only a bird in a gilded cage, a beautiful sight to see. You may think she’s happy and free from care; she’s not though she seems to be.’

When the British lyricist Arthur J. Lamb first offered the lyrics of ‘A Bird in a Gilded Cage’ to the Tin Pan Alley tunesmith Harry Von Tilzer, he was told to go back home and clean them up.

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