Skip to main content

The Peacock "At Home": PD.120-1973.f.12

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Peacock "At Home"


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




Illustrative border including fruit, a landscape, various flora and several 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, with traces of graphite on wove paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The Taylor Bird offerr'd to make up new clothes, / For all the young birdlings, who wish'd to beaux: He made for the Robin a doublet of red, / And a new velvet cap for the Goldfinch's head; / He added a plume to the Wren's golden crest, / And spangled with silver the Guinea Fowls breast: / While the Halcyon bent over the streamlet to view, / How pretty she look'd in her boddice of blue! / Thus adorn'd, they set off for the Peacock's abode, / With the guide Indicator, who shew'd them the road: / From all points of the compass, came birds of all feather: / And the Parrot can tell who and who were together.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.12
Primary reference Number: 80502
Stable URI

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "The Peacock "At Home"" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-11-27 12:23:54

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=The Peacock "At Home" |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-11-27 12:23:54|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

The Peacock

Accession Number: CAL 1-2006


Accession Number: C.66-1935

Welcome Home

Accession Number: P.14413-R-22

Burning Butterfly

Accession Number: CAL 2-2006

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...