Kit Williams' Masquerade: The Full Story
February 15, 2010 8:46 AM   Subscribe

Kit Williams' Masquerade: The Full Story
In 1979 the British artist Kit Williams buried a golden hare somewhere in the UK countryside and published a book full of painted clues to its whereabouts. Masquerade sold over a million copies worldwide, sparked a global craze and brought Williams a quite unwelcome degree of fame. I've written about Masquerade for both The Idler and BBC Radio 4, and now I've posted an epic essay on my own website telling the whole story from Williams' original inspiration for the book to his surprise reunion with the hare 33 years later. Along the way, we'll pick apart the threads of whole 'Ken Thomas' affair and watch the curtain fall on Rod Argent's forgotten Masquerade musical. Enjoy!
posted by Paul Slade (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by maxwelton on February 20, 2010: Kit Williams' Masquerade: The Full Story

Terrific--I love Masquerade!
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 12:02 PM on February 15, 2010

Oh, what a flashback to my youth -- I can tell I'm going to enjoy this even before I read it.
posted by JanetLand at 11:11 AM on February 16, 2010

That was pretty cool.
A little confusing in parts if you aren't familiar with the story, but still very cool.
posted by madajb at 11:50 AM on February 18, 2010

that was fantastic. i rememeber masquerade but was only little when it came out.
posted by marienbad at 11:06 AM on March 4, 2010

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