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drawing - Lost opportunities
  • Lost opportunities
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Lost opportunities

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    2 Bolton Gardens (drawn)

  • Date:

    1890 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink over pencil

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.186-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in pen and ink over pencil of two rabbits passing each other in a cobbled street. Female rabbit is in the foreground dressed in a long dress and carrying a fur muff, small bag tied in ribbon and an umbrella. She is observed by a male rabbit who has just walked past, wearing a frock coat with a bow behind his head, holding mistletoe in forepaw and a cane in his right. Partly visible are a road sign on the side of the building in the left foreground, lettered 'Streete', a milestone to the right and a hanging clock above the characters from one of the shops. Vignetted.

Place of Origin

2 Bolton Gardens (drawn)


1890 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

In pen in bottom right.

'same size / [?send]' [deleted]
In pencil

In ink, underlined.

[part of Britannia figure, in oval cartouche]


Height: 168 mm, Width: 106 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, probably in 1890. 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, Lost opportunities: line version, pen and ink over pencil with some correction in white, by Beatrix Potter, Bolton Gardens, probably 1890, Linder Collection object no. LC.20.B.2, catalogue no. 7.4

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

p.51, cat. no. 7.4
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).
black and white variant of illustration no. 6 in publication
Weatherly, F. E. A Happy Pair. London, [1890].


Ink; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Muff; Cane; Mistletoe; Shops; Cobble; Ironwork; Street; Clock; Rabbits


Drawings; Animals and Wildlife; Anthropomorphism; Greeting cards

Production Type



National Art Library

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