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Hill Top by night

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Near Sawrey (made)

  • Date:

    1905-1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour on paper.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) took delight in drawing the places and buildings she loved from all viewpoints, in varied seasons, and at different times of day. Here, the side view of Hill Top, one of her Lake District properties, appears with warm, inviting, yellow light spilling out onto the snowy winter track which approaches the farmhouse.

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.

Physical description

Side view of Hill Top farmhouse by night. A steep snow-covered path leads up to the farmhouse from the left-hand side of the painting. A welcoming yellow light shines out from the house onto the snow. Dark blue sky and deep green foliage to either side of the building.

Place of Origin

Near Sawrey (made)


1905-1943 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour on paper.


Width: 95 mm, height: 120 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter between 1905 (when she bought Hill Top) and her death in 1943. Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) in 1973 as part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of ca. 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing of Hill Top farmhouse in Near Sawrey at night in the snow; by Beatrix Potter; Linder Bequest catalogue no. LB.445.

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

Brief catalogue entry, no. 445.
'Hobbs and Whalley, Beatrix Potter : the V&A Collection, London, 1985'


Paper (fiber product); Watercolours; Material


Technique; Painting

Subjects depicted

Subject; Farmhouse; Snow; House; Path; Night


Paintings; Drawings

Production Type



National Art Library

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