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drawing - The awful fate of Mr Wolf
  • The awful fate of Mr Wolf
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The awful fate of Mr Wolf

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    03/1995 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pen and ink over pencil

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in pencil in rectangular box of 'Brer Rabbit', standing on his hind legs on a three-legged stool, observed by his offspring, pours water from a steaming kettle into holes pierced in the top of a chest, auger lies on ground. Six young rabbits, two emerging through a trap-door in foreground, onions and candle lantern hang from ceiling. Asymmetric partial frame in pen and ink over pencil, with two sheaves of corn or grass.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


03/1995 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pen and ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'H.B.P. March 95 -'
In bottom left of boxed illustration.

' "Is de dogs all gone, Brer Rabbit?" / "Seem like I hear one un um / smellin' roun' de chimbly-cornder / des now". ---- / [erased pencil inscription] / "W'at dat I hear, Brer Rabbit?" / 'You hear de win' a blowin', Brer / Wolf." '
Within border image in ink.


Height: 279 mm, Width: 214 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in March 1895. 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, The awful fate of Mr Wolf, pencil and pen and ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, 1895, Linder Collection object no. LC.8.A.2, catalogue no. 5.10

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

p.47, cat. no. 5.10
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).


Pencil; Ink; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Trap door; Borders; Rabbits; Kettle; Corn


Anthropomorphism; Animals and Wildlife; Drawings; Children & Childhood; Illustration; Books

Production Type



Archive of Art and Design

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