Each a good egg or an empty shell
What can these portraits silently tell
Something of culture or civilization
These wafer-thin waifs sans fertilization?
Storm in an eggcup – Lear and his clown –
One's kept his Motley, one's lost his crown.
There's drama revealed in all faces and shells
That's what this Breakfast double act tells.
These eggshell self-portraits of Lear and the Fool were inspired by images of the Clown Egg Collection, which a friend recently sent me. The collection, which records every clown's make-up on an eggshell, is owned by Clowns International and is on display in the Clowns Museum at Wookey Hole Caves near Wells in Somerset. These fragile artefacts are portraits in miniature of famous clowns.