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photograph - View from Eeswyke, Near Sawrey
  • View from Eeswyke, Near Sawrey
    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914
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View from Eeswyke, Near Sawrey

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Eeswyke (photographed)
    Hawkshead (photographed)
    Near Sawrey (photographed)

  • Date:

    August 1896 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Duke.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rupert Potter (1832-1914), father of the children's writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), took up photography in the 1860s when it was still a relatively new art form. An enthusiastic and skilled amateur, he was elected to the Photographic Society of London in 1869 and later contributed to photographic exhibitions. Rupert assisted the artist Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), a close friend, by photographing backgrounds for paintings and sitters for portraits. His favourite subject, however, was Beatrix herself and his prolific legacy of several hundred photographs forms a broad pictorial account of her life from infancy to marriage.

Rupert was also a skilled landscape photographer. During the Potter family's extended summer holidays to the countryside it was Beatrix's delight to accompany her father on photographic expeditions. He photographed in particular the countryside around Eastwood in Dunkeld, Wray Castle near Ambleside, Lingholm on the edge of Derwentwater and Tenby in Pembrokeshire. This photograph depicts a view from Eeswyke, a house in Near Sawrey rented often by the Potter family for summer vacations in the Lake District. The house was formerly known as Lakefield during the Potters' time and was built as a Lake District retreat for a Lancashire mill owner in 1742; it is now a hotel.

Excited by the possibilities of the new art form, Beatrix too became an avid photographer, inheriting one of her father’s old cameras, 'a most inconveniently heavy article which he refuses to use, and which has been breaking my back since I took to that profession.' (Journal, Friday 19th April 1895). Beatrix went on to employ photography in the service of her own art and, like Millais, she photographed details, particularly in the Lake District landscapes, that she later incorporated in her imaginative book illustrations.

Physical description

Photograph of a landscape view of two trees in the foreground (slanting to the left) with a stone wall running behind and fields and farm buildings in the mid distance.

Place of Origin

Eeswyke (photographed)
Hawkshead (photographed)
Near Sawrey (photographed)


August 1896 (photographed)


Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper.

Marks and inscriptions

'Aug 1896 / HR / R Potter'
Pencil inscription by Rupert Potter on verso.

'Lakefield Sawrey'
Pencil inscription by Joan Duke on verso.


Height: 160 mm, Width: 214 mm

Object history note

Photographed by Rupert Potter in August 1896. Photograph given to the museum by Joan Duke in 1983.

Descriptive line

Photograph of a view from Eeswyke (formerly known as Lakefield), Near Sawrey, August 1896; albumen print by Rupert Potter.


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Walls; Hills; Trees; Farm buildings; Rural; Landscapes


Landscapes; Photographs

Production Type



Archive of Art and Design

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