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drawing - A happy pair
  • A happy pair
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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A happy pair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    2 Bolton Gardens (drawn)

  • Date:

    1890 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.188-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in pencil of two rabbits walking through the snow, huddled under an umbrella. Male rabbit to the left in a frock coat, female rabbit on the right in cloak with cape with basket over her left fore-paw. Snow covered trees, a cottage, two fences (one with a stile) in the background.

Place of Origin

2 Bolton Gardens (drawn)


1890 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'red cloak, green umbrella, snow -'
In pencil in large handwriting.

Underlined. One of the designs submitted to Hildesheimer and Faulkner in 1890, for which the rabbit Benjamin Bouncer served as model (design D). Designs A and D are LC.20.B.1 and LC.20.B.2. Designs E-I are in the Linder Bequest (LB 1771-1772, 1774, 1777-1778).

'REGINA / NOTE / [monogram within shield]'


Height: 177 mm, Width: 114 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, probably in 1890 at 2 Bolton Gardens as a design for a greetings card. 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, A happy pair: greeting card design, pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Bolton Gardens, probably 1890, Linder Collection object no. LC.20.B.4, catalogue no. 7.2

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

p.50, cat. no. 7.2
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).
Features as front cover and illustration no. 3
Weatherly, F. E. A Happy Pair. London, [1890].


Watercolour; Bodycolour; Pencil; Tinted paper



Subjects depicted

Rabbits; Cottage; Snow; Basket; Frock coat; Umbrella


Drawings; Animals and Wildlife; Anthropomorphism; Greeting cards

Production Type



National Art Library

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