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drawing - Waterlilies
  • Waterlilies
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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  • Object:


  • Date:

    1906 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and pen-and-ink on paper.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This close-up view of water lilies has been identified by the collection’s former owner, Leslie Linder, as a depiction of Esthwaite Water located near Sawrey in the south of the Lake District. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher(1906) found its eventual backdrop around this lake. The lake, flowers and lily pads are illuminated by beautiful clear sunlight. Esthwaite Water is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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

Landscape format close-up view of three white opened water lilies and many lily pads amongst reeds. Sunlight illuminates the water, flowers and plants.


1906 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pen-and-ink on paper.


height: 230 mm, width: 290 mm

Object history note

Painted by Potter in about 1906, most probably around Esthwaite Water in the Lake District near the village of Near Sawrey. Part of the Linder Bequest given to the V&A by Leslie Linder (1904-1973). The bequest consists of over 2000 items including watercolours, sketches, manuscripts, first editions, photographs and various other memorabilia relating to Beatrix Potter and members of her family.

Descriptive line

Watercolour and pen and ink drawing of water lilies on Esthwaite Water by Beatrix Potter; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.275.

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

p.31, catalogue entry 275.
'Hobbs and Whalley, Beatrix Potter : the V&A Collection, London, 1985'


Water-colour; Ink; Paper


Drawing; Drawing; Technique

Subjects depicted

Lake; Water lilies; Lily pad


Drawings; Paintings

Production Type



Archive of Art and Design

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