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Watercolour - The Witch's Home, No.2. "She's Off"
  • The Witch's Home, No.2. "She's Off"
    Doyle, Richard, born 1824 - died 1883
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The Witch's Home, No.2. "She's Off"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (painted)

  • Date:

    1875 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doyle, Richard, born 1824 - died 1883 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 125, box C

This watercolour is part of a series of paintings of witches at night. The artist, Richard Doyle, specialised in images of fairies and ghosts. In 1875 he made a trip to Canna, a small island on the west coast of Scotland. He was inspired by the stark landscape and the rocky coast and painted the series of which this picture is part.

Physical description

Watercolour depicting a bearded man on a rock with arms held high and a witch flying on a broomstick above him. The watercolour has been mounted on card and some of the paint extends onto the card itself, indicating that the artist had added paint after mounting, or that a second hand had added the paint after mounting.

Place of Origin

Scotland (painted)


1875 (painted)


Doyle, Richard, born 1824 - died 1883 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper on card

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated 1875


Height: 36.3 cm, Width: 51.7 cm

Object history note

The Witch's Home, No 1. "Broom Waiting: Coming Out" is also in the collection of the V&A. Museum no. 334-1880.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, 'The Witch's Home No.2, "She's Off" by R Doyle.


Watercolour; Card; Paper



Subjects depicted

Night; Witch


Images Online; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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