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Cobweb three-dimensional watercolor.
Great Britain, circa 1820.
Physical Description:
1 cut-paper cobweb : ill. ; 18 x 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.C63 C63 1820
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
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Early 19th century English handmade cobweb three-dimensional watercolor. Consists of a watercolor illustration of a 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 thick paper base. 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 three white mice. A pair of couplets are written on the base (one above the cobweb, one below), reading: This wire fenced mansion Monsieur Souris's Hall / Is now for sale, and may be view'd by all / Lift up the latch, and peep into the house / But mind with caution, lest you scare a mouse." Such cobwebs designs were also known as beehives and birdcages, and were popular in their printed form as valentine cards in 19th century England.
Subject Terms:
Architecture, Domestic -- Great Britain.
Mice -- Pictorial works.
Paper work -- Specimens.
Cut-paper works.
Paperwork (visual works)
Cobwebs (Paperwork)
Watercolors -- 1820.

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