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drawing - Bolton gardens at dusk
  • Bolton gardens at dusk
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Bolton gardens at dusk

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    2 Bolton Gardens (made)

  • Date:

    Pre 1916

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on watercolour paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a view from 2 Bolton Gardens, Kensington, Beatrix Potter’s (1866-1943) self-proclaimed ‘unloved birthplace’ and permanent home until her marriage in 1913 and complete relocation to the Lake District. Little of her work uses the backdrop of her London home and it is one of the only locations associated with Potter that no longer exists today. The house was destroyed during the Blitz.

A simple use of a dark wash creates a hauntingly beautiful image Potter's view from the house of her formative years. The darker palette is one not so commonly associated with Potter.

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

Mainly purple/blue wash depicting a row of buildings, some with yellow light spilling out from the windows. Two thirds of the portrait format picture is sky with some clouds. Bare, thin trees are present in the foreground painted in purple, one takes a central position in the composition. A group of thin purple lines run across the top left hand corner.

Place of Origin

2 Bolton Gardens (made)


Pre 1916


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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on watercolour paper


height: 270 mm, width: 185 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter. 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, wash and pencil drawing of Bolton Gardens, Kensington, at dusk; drawn by Beatrix Potter from 2 Bolton Gardens; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.431.

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

Brief catalogue entry, no. 431.
'Hobbs and Whalley, Beatrix Potter : the V&A Collection, London, 1985'


Wash; Water-colour; Pencil; Water-colour paper



Subjects depicted

Dusk; Buildings; Skyline


Paintings; Drawings

Production Type



National Art Library

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