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  • Place of origin:

    Near Sawrey (drawn)
    Lakefield Cottages (drawn)

  • Date:

    1902 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and sepia ink over pencil

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.231-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour and sepia ink over pencil of a cat wearing a blue dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves and white apron and lace tucker, sitting on a white stool in front of a fireplace. She leans to take Edward VII Coronation teapot from the right hand side of the grate. Stone-flagged kitchen, with broom and mouse-traps in front left. Hanging on left are an umbrella and a 'Polly put the kettle on' kettle-holder. Fire-irons are on the range, kettle over the fire. A rabbit-skin rug is on the floor. China is on the trestle table to the right with a Dutch or Black Forest wall clock above. Cat, china and table are roughly sketched in pencil only, and clock mainly in pencil. Scene contained within heavy sepia frame.

Place of Origin

Near Sawrey (drawn)
Lakefield Cottages (drawn)


1902 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and sepia ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'4' ringed.
Marked in erased pencil in top right.


Height: 227 mm, Width: 290 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter probably in 1902 at Lakefield Cottage (Ees Wyke). 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 the cat Ribby sitting by the fireplace: unfinished, watercolour and sepia ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Lakefield Cottages, outside Near Sawrey, probably 1902, Linder Collection object no. LC.26.A.1, catalogue no. 4.19

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

p.34, cat. no. 4.19
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 pie and the patty-pan. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., 1905.
Potter, Beatrix. Cecily Parsley's nursery rhymes. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, 1922.


Watercolour; Sepia ink; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Cat; Leg-of-mutton sleeves; Mousetrap; Rug; Umbrella; Fireplace; Trestle table; Teapot; Clock; Tucker; Flagstones


Drawings; Paintings; Books; Illustration; Anthropomorphism

Production Type



National Art Library

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