Walter Potter's First Tableau ' The Death and Burial of Cock Robin' English, circa 1861,
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Walter Potter's First Tableau ' The Death and Burial of Cock Robin' English, circa 1861,
Sold for £23,500 (US$ 36,788) inc. premium

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Walter Potter's First Tableau ' The Death and Burial of Cock Robin' English, circa 1861,
the arched and glazed display case, mounted with 98 specimens of British birds, each portraying the popular Nursery Rhyme, mounted at the front with buttons to operate lights to highlight each verse,
62 x 74 x 20ins. (158 x 188 x 51cms.) The first and most famous of Walter Potter's tableaux "The Death and Burial of Cock Robin" took 7 years to complete and was finished in 1861. The case was inspired by Walter's sisters book of nursery rhymes and was the first exhibit shown to the public. Its success led to further tableaux being designed and made and was the start of what is now know as "The Potter's Museum of Curiosities". The scene depicts in great detail the famous rhyme: Who killed Cock Robin? I, said the Sparrow with my bow and arrow. I killed Cock Robin. Who saw him die? I, said the Fly, with my little eye, I saw him die. Who caught his blood? I said the fish with my little dish, I caught his blood. Who'll make the shroud? I, said the Beetle, with my thread and needle, I'll made the shroud. Who'll did his grave? I,said the Owl, with my pick and shovel, I'll dig his grave. Who'll be the parson? I, said the Rook, with my little book, I'll be the parson. Who'll be the clerk? I, said the Lark if it's not in the dark, I'll be the clerk. Who'll carry the link? I, said the Linnet, I'll fetch in a minute, I'll carry the link. Who'll be chief mourner? I, said the Dove, I mourn for my love, I'll be chief mourner. Who'll carry the coffin? I, said the Kite, if it's not through the night, I'll carry the coffin. Who'll bear the pall? We , said the Wren, both the cock and the hen, We'll bear the pall. Who'll sing the psalm? I, said the Thrush, as she sat on a bush, I'll sing the psalm. Who'll toll the bell? I said the bull, because I can pull, I'll toll the bell. All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing when the heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin. Anon.
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