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  • Place of origin:

    Near Sawrey (drawn)

  • Date:

    1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    sepia ink and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of the Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.123-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) purchased Hill Top farm in 1905. The farm building remained her private space once she was married, serving as a sanctuary and as a place to develop her stories and sketches. The Heelises lived at Castle Cottage which bordered Hill Top’s land.

This sepia drawing of the farmhouse sets it within the context of its surroundings, with the dry stone walls bordering the farmland visible in the foreground, and the mountainous backdrop of the Lake District terrain.

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

Sepia ink drawing of Hill Top farmhouse. Porch and two trees are visible at the front of the house and four sets of windows on the main house and three windows on the wing on the left-hand side. Fields surrounded by stone walls in the foreground, with a road between these and the farmhouse. Trees and fells in the background. Some pencil lines in the foreground where the drawing is unfinished.

Place of Origin

Near Sawrey (drawn)


1905 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

sepia ink and pencil on paper


height: 187 mm, width: 267 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) in about 1905. Given by Leslie Linder (1904-1973) to the National Book League (now the Book Trust) in 1970 as part of a representative selection of Beatrix Potter’s work. This selection, comprising 279 drawings and 38 early editions and now known as the Linder Collection, was acquired on long-term loan by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1989 and remains the property of a charitable trust, The Linder Trust.

Descriptive line

Drawing of Hill Top, Near Sawrey in sepia ink, by Beatrix Potter, Near Sawrey, ca.1905, Linder Collection object no. LC.15.A.1, catalogue no. 3.12.

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

Brief catalogue entry, no. 3.12
Hobbs, Anne Stevenson (compiler). The Linder Collection of the works and drawings of Beatrix Potter: catalogue of works on paper. London: The Trustees of the Linder Collection, 1996 (1999 reprint).


Sepia ink; Pencil; Paper


Drawing image

Subjects depicted

Fell; Trees; Farmhouse; Stone walls; Fields; Windows



Production Type



Archive of Art and Design

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