Thursday, September 9, 2010

Study for portrait of Miracle Mike, The Headless Wonder Chicken

Ink and ink wash drawing of Miracle Mike, a chicken who lived 18 months after decapitation in 1945. A fortuitously placed ax left Mike's brain stem intact, so he continued to behave as a normal chicken and received nourishment through an eyedropper. Mike went on to become a popular sideshow attraction and was even featured in Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not, but his career in showbiz came to an abrupt end one night on the road when he choked to death in his hotel room. Miracle Mike's hometown of Fruita, Colorado, throws a festival in his honor every year in May.

From James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities

10 x 7 inches, sepia pen with sepia and brown ink washes on Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper

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