Peter Piper lying on his blue quilt by the fire

Drawing
August 1899 (drawn)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour over pencil on paper
Brief Description
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.
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.
Dimensions
  • Width: 181mm
  • Height: 94mm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
'Aug. 99' (Inscribed in pencil)
Credit line
The Trustees of the Linder Collection
Object history
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.



Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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
Bibliographic Reference
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).Brief catalogue entry, no. 2.52.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:LINDER TRUST.157-1994 - Former long loan number
  • 2.52 - Linder Collection catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
LC 18/A/3

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