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'The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast': PD.120-1973.f.4

Object information

Current Location: In storage


'The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast'


Author: Dorset, C.A., Mrs
Draughtsman: Unknown




The body of the text is surrounded by a highly decorative border consisting of various flora and fauna, including flowers and insects.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Gold paint
Gum arabic

Components of the work

Support composed of wove paper
Leaf Height 526 mm Width 366 mm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour and gum Arabic with gold over traces of graphite on wove paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Watercolour, gold paint and graphite
  • Type: Title
  • Text: Come take up your Hats, and away let us haste, / To the Butterfly's Ball, and the Grasshopper's Feast. / The Trumpeter, Gadfly, has summon'd the Crew. / And the Revels are now only waiting for you. / On the smooth shaven Grass, by the side of a Wood, / Beneath a broad Oak that for Ages had stood. / There the Children of Earth, and the Tenants of Air. / For an Evening's Amusement together repair. / And there came the Beetle, so blind and so black, / Who carried the Emmet, his Friend, on his back. / And there was the Gnat and the Dragonfly too. / With all their Relations, Green, Orange, and Blue.
  • Location: Recto, below the above
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.4
Primary reference Number: 80494
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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