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The Peacock "At Home": PD.120-1973.f.14

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Peacock "At Home"


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




Illustrative border including two scroll motifs, 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, over traces of graphite on wove paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The Chough came from Cornwall, and brought up his wife: / The Grouse travell'd south, from his lairdship in fife: / The Bunting forsook her soft nest in the reeds: / And the Widow-bird came, tho' she still wore her weeds; / Sir John Heron, of the lakes strutted in a grand pas, / But no card had been sent to the pilfering Daw, / As the Peacock kept up his progenitor's quarrel, / Which AEsop relates, about cast off apparel; / For birds are like men in their contests together. / And in questions of right, can dispute for a feather. / The Peacock, imperial, the pride of this race, / Receive'd all his guests with an infinite grace,
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.14
Primary reference Number: 80504
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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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