Advert For E. Sumner, Cage & Aviary Manufacturer
Medium: Print on paper
People became sentimental about animals and for the first time animals like cats and dogs were kept as pets. Canaries were popular during the 19th century because they were small and inexpensive to keep. Birds such as canaries were a favourite with the upper classes and were often presented at balls and other grand social occasions. Covers to the bird’s cages would be taken off as visitors arrived ensuring that they were greeted with a chorus of birdsong. The cages or averies featured in this advertisement take their inspiration from the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1854. A huge glass construction, similar to the style of the aviary was built to house an exhibition of arts and produce from around the British Empire.