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The Peacock "At Home": PD.120-1973.f.10

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Peacock "At Home"


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




Illustrative border including various flora and many species of avian fauna.

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
White bodycolour
Gum arabic

Components of the work

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

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour with gum Arabic, gold, highlights in white with some scratching out, and traces of graphite on wove paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: So, a Fete I will give, and my taste I'll display, / And send out my cards for Saint Valentine's Day." / This determin'd six fleet Carrier Pigeons went out, / To invite all the Birds to Sir Argus's Rout / The nest loving Turtle Dove sent an excuse, / Dame Partlett lay in, as did good Mrs. Goose, / The Turkey, poor soul! was confin'd to the rip: / For all her young Brood had just fail'd with the pip. / And the Partridge was ask'd, but a Neighbour hard by, / Had engag'd a snug party to meet in a Pye; / The Wheat-ear declin'd, recollecting her Cousins, / Last year, to a Feast were invited by dozens.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.10
Primary reference Number: 80500
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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