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Sketch of a wooded landscape viewed from Gwaynynog, Denbigh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Gwaynynog (made)

  • Date:

    1 October 1909 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is one of the world's best-loved children's authors and illustrators. She wrote the majority of the twenty-three Original Peter Rabbit Books between 1901 and 1913. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Frederick Warne, 1902) is her most famous and best-loved tale.

Before her marriage in 1913, Potter would accompany her family to Scotland, Wales or the Lake District for holidays. From 1903 one of Potter's favourite haunts was Gwaynynog in Denbigh, the old rambling home of her uncle and aunt, Fred and Harriet Burton. The house features in her unfinished story of two bats, Flittermouse and Fluttermouse, who live 'amongst the dusty rafters'. The garden at Gwaynynog inspired another unpublished story, 'Llewellyn's Well', written about 1911, and also the setting of one of Potter's best-loved published tales, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. On her first visit to Gwaynynog in 1903 Potter described the garden in her journal as 'the prettiest kind of garden, where bright old fashioned flowers grow amongst the currant bushes'. She visited Gwaynynog again in March 1909 while working on her illustrations of the Flopsy Bunnies. Adept at sketching outdoors, she produced skilful work quickly and soon amassed enough background sketches 'to finish up the F. Bunnies without further delay.' As respite from the business of writing and illustrating books, Potter escaped the house to sketch the landscape around Gwaynynog, 'rich, undulating country, woods and pastures, all up and down ... not definitely fine landscape but beautiful in detail.'

Physical description

Watercolour and pencil sketch of a landscape with a grassy field in the foreground enclosed by trees in the middle distance with hills in the background.

Place of Origin

Gwaynynog (made)


1 October 1909 (made)


Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Oct 1st '09'
Pencil inscription on bottom left recto

Pencil inscription on recto bottom right

Drawing pin holes in top two corners


Height: 134 mm, Width: 194 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter at Gwaynynog, Denbigh, on 1 October 1909. Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) as part of the Linder Bequest in 1973.

Descriptive line

Watercolour and pencil drawing of a wooded landscape viewed from the house at Gwaynynog, Denbigh; by Beatrix Potter, dated 1 October 1909; Linder Bequest object no. LB.547.

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

Brieft catalogue entry, no. 547.
'Hobbs and Whalley, Beatrix Potter : the V&A Collection, London, 1985'


Watercolour; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)


Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Woodlands; Hills; Landscapes (representations); Trees; Agricultural land



Production Type



National Art Library

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