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  • Place of origin:

    Bolton Gardens (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1893 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and pen and ink over pencil

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.155-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour and pen and ink over pencil of three long-haired piebald guinea pigs in a basket. They lie on a blue cushion in a round open-lidded wicker basket. Basket asymmetrically placed to the left with guinea pigs looking to the right.

Place of Origin

Bolton Gardens (probably, drawn)


1893 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pen and ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'H B P'
In ink on bottom right of basket.


Height: 227 mm, Width: 151 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, probably in 1893. 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 guinea pigs in basket: design for the inside of a shaped greetings card, watercolour and some pen and ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, probably Bolton Gardens (London), probably 1893, Linder Collection object no. LC.18.A.1, catalogue no. 7.6(a)

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

p.51, cat. no. 7.6(a)
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).


Watercolour; Ink; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Basket; Guinea pig


Drawings; Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Greeting cards

Production Type



National Art Library

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