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Jeremy Fisher dining on grasshopper with Sir Isaac Newton and Mr Ptolemy Tortoise: preparatory drawing for The tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1906 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pen and ink

  • Museum number:

    BP.508C-1973

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in pencil and pen and ink of three animals dining at a rectangular table. On the left is a frog in a long coat, in the centre with its back to the viewer a newt also wearing a long military style coat, in the background on the right is a large tortoise. Frog is shown with knife and fork in its front legs over some sketchily defined food on the table. All sketchily drawn, only frog and newt and parts of their chairs in ink. Surrounded by pencil oval. Grasshopper drawn very faintly outside of oval.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1906 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

'grasshopper' 'newt' 'tortoise'
Inscribed in pencil close to relevant depictions.

Dimensions

Height: 190 mm, Width: 130 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter probably in 1906. Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) in 1973 as part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of ca. 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.

Descriptive line

Drawing, Jeremy Fisher dining on grasshopper with Sir Isaac Newton and Mr Ptolemy Tortoise: preparatory drawing for The tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, pencil and pen and ink, by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, probably 1906, Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.841

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

p.91, cat. no. 841
Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection : the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material : watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985.
p.58
Potter, Beatrix.The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1906.

Materials

Pencil; Ink; Paper (fiber product)

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Table; Fork; Tortoise; Frog; Grasshopper; Newt; Knife

Categories

Drawings; Books; Illustration; Animals and Wildlife; Anthropomorphism

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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