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Two Hares: T.3-1985

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Two Hares


Possibly Blake, William (Designer)
Butts, Mrs (Embroiderer)


Linen ground, with a picture of two hares embroidered in shades of green, buff, pale brown, brown, and pale reddish-brown crewel wools with yellow silk highlights. Erratic long and short stitch, stem stich with some couching, an example of 'needle painting'. It is mounted on a wooden stretcher; underside threads are seated with glue


History note: Sir Geoffrey Keynes

Legal notes

Allocated by H.M. Treasury through the Minister of the Arts in lieu of capital taxes on the death of Sir Geoffrey Keynes

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1985) by H.M. Treasury


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1790 - Circa 1800 1800


'Needle painting' is a form of free-style embroidery with erratic stitching attempting to imitate the techniques of painting.This example is believed to have been designed by William Blake, and worked by the wife of his friend, Thomas Butts.

Components of the work

Embroidery: composed of silk ( yellow) wool Ground: composed of linen Stretcher: Height 58.75 cm Width 51.1 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.3-1985
Primary reference Number: 118383
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 March 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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