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drawing - The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse
  • The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1905 (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.197-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour and pen and ink over pencil. A field vole sits at the entrance to his nest, gesticulating with his fore-paws, some ears of wheat beside him. A house mouse in a long grey-blue greatcoat approaches him from the right foreground, carrying a Gladstone bag in his left fore-paw and a walking stick and umbrella ends are visible wrapped up in a green and bright orange travelling rug in his right fore-paw. There is an asymmetrical partial border around the scene in subdued greens and browns containing mosses, grasses and ivy-leaved toadflax.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

ca.1905 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pen and ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'The Country Mouse / and / the Town Mouse.'
Inscribed in ink, bottom left, in decorative lettering.

Dimensions

Height: 263 mm, Width: 211 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca.1905. 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 Country Mouse and the Town Mouse, watercolour and pen and ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, ca.1905, Linder Collection object no. LC.21.B.2, catalogue no. 5.3

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

p.45, cat. no. 5.3
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).
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1918.

Materials

Watercolour; Ink; Pencil; Card

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Greatcoat; Rug; Wheat; Mouse; Gladstone bag

Categories

Drawings; Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Anthropomorphism; Illustration

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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