A Poule de Luxe relaxing on the seashore
A well-provided-for woman relaxing by the sea with EVERYTHING she could ever want from a hairdryer to an inflatable crocodile! There are several ways to translate 'Poule de Luxe' into English, from 'fancy chicken' to more standard translations including 'trophy wife', 'gold-digger', 'fancy pants', 'diva', 'high‑maintenance girlfriend', or, in a more pejorative sense, a 'high-class hooker'! Date: circa 1920s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Statue of Amenhotep III (Neb-Maat-Ra) and Sobek c.1390-1352
Statue of Amenhotep III (Neb-Maat-Ra) and Sobek c.1390-1352 BC. Carved from Calcite (Egyptian Alabaster). Found in the Sobek temple at Dahamsha. Sobek is seated in a human form with the crocodile head and his right hand holds the Ankh giving life to the youthful Amenhotep III. The King is wearing the Nemes headdress, with the uraeus and royal beard. 18th Dynasty. New Kingdom. Luxor Museum. Egypt.
© Thaliastock / Mary Evans
Ganges crocodile, Indian Gharial, Gavialis
Ganges crocodile, Indian Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus. Critically endangered. . Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Jussieu's Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles 1816-1830. Illustration by J.G. Pretre, engraved by Massard, directed by Turpin, and published by F. G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History.
© Florilegius / Mary Evans