Rebecca Hendin Illustrator


I created a series of five illustrations for a BuzzFeed article published collaboration with writer Patrick Smith that dove into the history of the animals that belonged to people accused of being witches. I drew some of the animals described in textual accounts of 16th and 17th century Britain. The project was inspired by the Twitter account Witchcourt, which tweets witch stories from history.

I wanted to make a cohesive set of artworks that depicted the outlandish silliness of the these 'historical' witch accounts, and brought more strangeness to an already strange historical explainer. Apparently in Old Britain, a lot of deviant imps and dogs with ox heads were running around. Who knew?

Date created: November 2017 2017-11-01T00:00:00+0000
Date published: 7 February 2018 2018-02-07T17:27:45+0000


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