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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1903 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Indian ink over pencil

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:LINDER TRUST.210-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in Indian ink over pencil of a squirrel facing to the right, eating a nut in its forepaws. Crouching down slightly with its large bushy tail over its head. Contained within a black circular frame within a circular single line border. Drawn diagonally across grain of paper.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1903 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Indian ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'Title page' [underlined] '1 3/8'
Inscribed in pencil (by the printer Mr Herring).



Height: 71 mm, Width: 86 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, probably in 1903. 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 a squirrel: title page design for The tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903), indian ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, probably 1903, Linder Collection object no. LC.23.B.1(a), catalogue no. 4.67(a)

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

p.42, cat. no. 4.67a
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).
title page
Potter, Beatrix. The tale of Squirrel Nutkin. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., 1903.


Indian ink; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Squirrels; Nuts


Drawings; Animals and Wildlife; Books; Illustration

Production Type



National Art Library

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