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  • Place of origin:

    Merioneth (drawn)

  • Date:

    24/08/1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is one of the world's best-loved children's authors and illustrators. She wrote the majority of the twenty-three original Peter Rabbit Books between 1901 and 1913. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Frederick Warne, 1902) is her most famous and best-loved tale.

Potter's feelings for Norman Warne, the youngest of the three brothers at her publisher Frederick Warne & Co., developed as they worked together on the first of her little books. In July 1905 they became engaged much to the dismay of her parents, who disapproved of the match as Warne was 'in trade'. The Potters travelled to Wales for their long summer break for the year. In the meantime Norman became very ill and died on 25 August of lymphatic leukaemia. Potter only received the telegram letting her know that Norman was dying on the morning of the 25th. In her holiday diary relating to the period in Wales, she writes of sketching on the evening of 24 August. She writes in retrospect of how still and deathlike the evening seemed and how the field she was sketching was suddenly illuminated by 'a gleam of golden sunshine'.

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour over pencil of a stooked wheat/barley field to right, pathway in centre curving to the right in the middle ground. Cottage with trees and shrubs in middle ground and purple and yellow dramatic sky.

Place of Origin

Merioneth (drawn)


24/08/1905 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'Aug 24th '05'
In pencil in bottom left corner.


Height: 225 mm, Width: 190 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in Merioneth in 1905. 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 of stooked wheat/barley field, watercolour and pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Merioneth, Wales, 1905, Linder Bequest catalogue no. LB.578

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

p.61, cat. no.578
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.
pp.52-53 & 139
Beatrix Potter, & Judy Taylor (ed.). Beatrix Potter: a holiday diary: with a short history of the Warne family. London: The Beatrix Potter Society, 1996.


Watercolour; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Wheat; Cottage; Barley


Drawings; Paintings; Landscapes

Production Type



Archive of Art and Design

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