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The Peacock "At Home": PD.120-1973.f.11

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Peacock "At Home"


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




Illustrative border including feathers, a landscape, 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, bodycolour including white, and some scratching out, with traces of graphite on wove paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: But alas! they return'd not; and she had no taste / To appear in a costume of vine-leaves or paste. / The Wood cock prefer'd his lone haunt on the moor; / And the traveller Swallow, was still on his tour. / The Cuckoo, who should have been one of the guests, / Was rambling on visits to other bird's nests. / But the rest all accepted the kind invitation, / And much bustle it caus'd in the plumed creation: / Such ruffling of feathers, such pruning of coats! / Such chirping, such whistling, such clearing of throats / Such polishing bills, and such oiling of pinions! / Had never been known in the biped dominions.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.11
Primary reference Number: 80501
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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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