From birth, Sarah Biffen had neither arms nor legs,
yet she made a career as a painter by manipulating a
paintbrush with her mouth. She lived out her last
years in Liverpool, at 8 Duke Street. She is buried in St James's
cemetary below the Anglican Cathedral, a stone's throw from William Huskisson.
The Duchess of Gloucester a typical miniature by Sarah Biffen
She is far from the only example of a mouth painter.
The British Partnership of Mouth and Foot Painting
Artists - the MFPA - was set up in 1956 by painter
Erich Stegmann and a small band of handicapped artists
from eight European countries. Rather than a charity,
MFPA is a a self-help association which aims to look
after its artists' interests by helping them to sell
their work, mainly in reproduced form on greetings
cards, calendars, jigsaws and wrapping paper.
Here is a time-lapse film of an anonymous mouth painter at work: