First show in 100 years of disabled Victorian artist Sarah Biffin opens in London

Accomplished miniaturist and a household name in 19th century was born without arms and hands

She spent 20 years travelling the country as a fairground attraction, billed as the “celebrated Miss Biffin”, the “Greatest Wonder of the World”.

But Sarah Biffin, who was born without arms and hands and raised in a poor farming family, became an accomplished miniaturist, patronised by royalty and nobility, and a 19th-century household name referenced in four Charles Dickens novels.

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