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drawing - Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    03/1896 (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.194-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour and pen and ink over pencil. Leaping mouse is ridden by a fair-haired boy waring a pink peaked cap and pink Fauntleroy suit (lace collar, bows at the knee) and pink pumps with rosettes. Panelled dado just visible behind.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


03/1896 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pen and ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'HBP - / March 96'
In pencil.


Height: 105 mm, Width: 176 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in March 1896. 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, Tom Thumb, watercolour and pen and ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, 1896, Linder Collection object no. LC.21.A.4, catalogue no. 5.8

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

p.46, cat. no. 5.8
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; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Mouse; Pumps; Collar; Dado; Bows


Drawings; Paintings; Illustration; Animals and Wildlife; Children & Childhood

Production Type



Archive of Art and Design

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