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The Peacock "At Home": PD.120-1973.f.17

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Peacock "At Home"


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




Illustrative border including playing cards, an ornamental lattice, a yellow-tipped black feather, 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: And the Sieur Guillemot next perfom'd a pas seul, / While the elderly Bipeds were playing a pool. / The Dowager Lady Toucan first cut in, / With old Doctor Buzzard, and Admiral Penguin. / From ivy bush tow'r came Dame Owlet the wise, / And Counsellor Crossbill sat by to advise. / Some Birds past their prime, o'er whose heads it was fated, / Should pass many St. Valentine's - yet be unmated, / Look'd on, and remark'd, that the prudent and sage, / Were quite overlook'd in this frivolous age, / When Birds scarce pen-feather'd, were brought to a rout, / Forward Chits! from the egg-shell but newly come out;
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.17
Primary reference Number: 80507
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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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