Christopher 'Kit' Williams (born 28 April 1946 in Kent, England) is an English artist, illustrator and author best known for his 1979 book Masquerade, a pictorial storybook which contains clues to the location of a golden (18 carat) jeweled hare created by Williams and then buried "somewhere in Britain".
Williams wrote another puzzle book with a bee theme; the puzzle was to figure out the title of the book and represent it without using the written word. This competition ran for just a year and a day and the winner was revealed on the live BBC TV chatshow Wogan.
In 1985, Kit Williams designed the Wishing Fish Clock, a centrepiece of the Regent Arcade shopping centre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Over 45 feet tall, the clock features a duck that lays a never-ending stream of golden eggs and includes a family of mice that are continually trying to evade a snake sitting on top of the clock. Hanging from the base of the clock is a large wooden fish that blows bubbles every half hour. Catching one of these bubbles entitles you to make a wish, hence the name of the clock.
Williams was also involved in the design of the Dragonfly Maze in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, which comprises a yew maze with a pavilion at the centre. The object is not only to reach the pavilion, but to gather clues as one navigates the maze. Correctly interpreting these clues when one reaches the pavilion allows access to the maze's final secret.
In August 2009, Kit Williams was reunited with the golden hare which he had not seen for more than 30 years. He is quoted as saying:
- "I had not remembered it being as delicate as it is ... Then when I picked it up the little bells jingled, and it sparkled in a way that I had forgotten as well."
This reuniting was revealed in a BBC Four sixty minute documentary on William's work, The Man Behind The Masquerade on 2 December 2009, beginning with Masquerade and ending with an exhibition of the best 18 pieces of his art from the last thirty years at London's Portal Gallery, which had first exhibited his work in the 1970s. The programme showed Williams being reunited with the golden hare for the first time when it was loaned by its anonymous present owner in the Far East.
Select bibliography 
- Kit Williams, Masquerade, J. Cape, 1979 ( ISBN 0-8052-3747-X )
- Kit Williams, Masquerade: The Complete Book with the Answer Explained, J. Cape, 1982 [paperback] ( ISBN 0-89480-369-7 )
- Kit Williams, Book Without a Name, Knopf, 1984 ( ISBN 0-394-53817-X )
- Kit Williams, Out of One Eye: The Art of Kit Williams, Crown, 1986 ( ISBN 0-517-56431-9 )
- Kit Williams, Engines of Ingenuity, Gingko Press, 2001 ( ISBN 1-58423-106-8 )
- Morris, Scot (January 1982). "Buried Treasure". Omni 4 (4): 126.
- Douglas, Torin (2009-08-20). "Entertainment | Arts & Culture | Artist reunited with golden hare". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
- "BBC Four reunites artist Kit Williams with the missing Golden Hare". BBC Press Office. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
- Michael, Apphia. "'British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age' at the V&A, London". Wallpaper.com. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Masquerade FAQ
- Untitled book FAQ The Bee on the Comb
- Wishing Fish Clock
- The Portal Gallery
- About Kit Williams including the Frog Clock at Telford
- Art at Midsummer Place the Frog Clock at Milton Keynes
- BBC Gloucestershire The man behind the masquerade