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drawing - Peter Piper lying on his blue quilt by the fire
  • Peter Piper lying on his blue quilt by the fire
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943 Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Peter Piper lying on his blue quilt by the fire

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Lingholm (probably. Not the Bolton Gardens fender and tongs (see LC.12.A.1)., drawn)

  • Date:

    August 1899 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of the Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.157-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This watercolour was probably painted by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) at Lingholm, Keswick near Derwentwater. Potter often took her pet animals on holiday with her and here her rabbit, Peter Piper, is depicted in a domestic scene by the fireside.

Peter Piper was the model for Peter Rabbit. Peter Rabbit was first conceived in September 1893, in a picture letter sent to Noel Moore, son of her former governess who was ill at the time, whilst Potter was on holiday with her family in Scotland.

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

Watercolour depiction of a brown rabbit lying on a blue-purple rug with its head towards the viewer and facing to the left of the picture. Hamper-style crate to the far left partially in view. The blue rug is on a red and yellow one on a stone floor. Black iron fire-place with a fender and poker(?) partially in view in the background.

Place of Origin

Lingholm (probably. Not the Bolton Gardens fender and tongs (see LC.12.A.1)., drawn)

Date

August 1899 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Aug. 99'
Inscribed in pencil

Dimensions

width: 181 mm, height: 94 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) in August 1899, probably on holiday with her family at Lingholm, Keswick. 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 a rabbit, Peter Piper, lying on a rug in front of the fireside, watercolour, by Beatrix Potter, probably at Lingholm in August 1899, Linder Collection object no. LC.18.A.3, catalogue no. 2.52.

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

Brief catalogue entry, no. 2.52.
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).

Materials

Watercolour; Paper (fiber product); Pencil

Techniques

Drawing; Technique

Subjects depicted

Fireplace; Hearth; Rabbit; Fenders; Hamper; Rug

Categories

Drawings; Paintings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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