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Cobweb three-dimensional watercolor.

Great Britain,
Physical Description:
1 item : ill. ; 23 x 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.C63 C63 1829
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The item is undated but is executed on paper watermarked "J Whatman, 1829."
Restricted fragile material. Use requires permission of the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Early 19th century English handmade cobweb three-dimensional watercolor. The focus of the piece is a watercolor illustration of a small country home, executed on an intricately cut circular piece of paper. The circular illustration is threaded at its center with a small string and mounted, around its outer rim only, to a single sheet of paper. By lifting the center of the watercolor by the attached thread, the lattice cuts open (with a cobweb effect) revealing a watercolor picture underneath, which here depicts four mice huddled around morsels of cheese. Such cobwebs designs were also known as beehives and birdcages, and were popular in their printed form as valentine cards in 19th century England.
At the head of the sheet is a poem in six lines, reading: "Beneath is a residence, cheerful though small / Give it what name you please except Liberty Hall / It is well fenced, and airy, yet some people say / The guests who once enter can n'er get away / Pray lift the latch gently, & peep in with care / Lest the tenants you frighten, and their premises tear."
Subject Terms:
Architecture, Domestic -- Great Britain.
Mice -- Pictorial works.
Paper work -- Specimens.
Cut-paper works.
Paperwork (visual works)
Cobwebs (Paperwork)
Watercolors -- 1829.
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