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Cut-paper work - The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

  • Object:

    Cut-paper work

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1786 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hunter, T. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cut-paper work on a blue ground

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Queen Mary

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries, case 15, shelf DR3

Object Type
This copy of 'The Lord's Prayer' is an example of cut-paper work. Cut-paper work was a common pastime from the late 17th century, practised by the grandest in the country, from Queen Anne to Queen Victoria, while also being a folk art. Cut-paper work required time, patience and skill in the use of small scissors, knives and even pins. Devotional pieces such as this were popular, as were landscapes and flower arrangements.

Materials & Making
This example is made up of two pieces of cut-paper work. One is the oval piece of paper out of which the Prayer has been cut, probably using a small knife. The oval has been ruled in order to guide the artist in the size of the letters. The artist probably mis-cut the 'K' in 'Kingdom come', for a single cut letter 'K' has been stuck in from behind. Once the cutting of the letters was perfect, the oval was glued to the decorative border, which had been cut separately.

The work has been signed along the bottom in brown ink, 'cutt by T Hunter 1786', who was almost certainly a child. The cutting of 'The Lord's Prayer' would have been considered an appropriate occupation for a child, concentrating a young mind on a fundamental Christian text.

Physical description

Cur paper work depicting The Lord's Prayer set within a wreath and enclosed in an ornamental rectangle.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1786 (made)


Hunter, T. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cut-paper work on a blue ground

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink on the back 'cutt by T. Hunter 1786'


Height: 17 cm approx., Width: 14.3 cm

Descriptive line

Papercut by T. Hunter, depicting 'The Lord's Prayer', cut-paper work, Great Britain, 1786

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Prayers, such as the Lord's Prayer or the Creed, were popular subjects, reflecting the belief that handicrafts were morally worthy occupations. Finished cuttings were often fixed between panes of glass or mounted on mirror glass. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

Dated 1786




Cut-paper work; Christianity


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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