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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1905 (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.261-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour and sepia ink over pencil of a bank vole sitting at the entrance to a rush-thatched nest. It is nibbling at an ear of wheat and within an asymmetrical partial border comprising rushes, grasses and other plants. Space drawn out in pencil for two(?) four line verses. Position indicated in pencil to the right.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1905 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and sepia ink over pencil


Height: 210 mm, Width: 182 mm

Object history note

Drawn in circa 1905 by Beatrix Potter. 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 Tommy Tittlemouse, watercolour and sepia ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, probably 1905, Linder Collection object no. LC.29.B.1, catalogue no. 4.7

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

p.31, cat. no. 4.7
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. Appley Dapply's nursery rhymes. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1917.


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



Subjects depicted

Bank vole; Reeds; Wheat; Border


Drawings; Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Anthropomorphism; Books; Illustration

Production Type



National Art Library

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