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The Peacock "At Home": PD.120-1973.f.18

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Peacock "At Home"


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




Illustrative border including a shell, a bowl of fruit, a landscape, two decorative designs, 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: That in their youthful days they ne'er witness'd such frisking, / And how wrong! in the Greenfinch to flirt with the Siskin, / So thought Lady Jackdaw, and her friend Cockatoo, / And the Raven foretold that "no good could ensue!" / They censur'd the Bantam for strutting and crowing, / In those vile pantaloons, which he fancied look'd knowing; / And a want of decorum caus'd many demurs, / Against the Game Chicken, for coming in spurs. / Old Alderman Corm'rant, for supper impatient, / At the eating-room door, for an hour had been station'd, / Till a Magpie, at length, the banquet announcing, / Gave the signal, long wish'd for, of clamouring and pouncing.
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1973.f.18
Primary reference Number: 80508
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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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