Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.



  • Place of origin:

    Near Sawrey (drawn)

  • Date:

    05/03/1909 (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 produced many evocative watercolour studies of the Lake District landscape. She particularly delighted in recording the effect of crisp, white snow on the fells and fields as can be seen from the many watercolour drawings of such in the Linder Bequest. This study dates from her stay at Hill Top farmhouse during the early months of 1909. She had bought the property in 1905 but did not make Near Sawrey her permanent home until after she married in 1913.

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour over pencil of a snow scene. Footprints lead away from the viewer towards a dry stone wall on the right, in the middle distance. Dry stone walls surround this field and another to the right. Village, trees and snow covered hills in the distance.

Place of Origin

Near Sawrey (drawn)


05/03/1909 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'March 5. 09'
In pencil at bottom left.


Height: 250 mm, Width: 180 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter 5 March 1909. 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 depicting a snow scene with deep footprints winding across a field, watercolour over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Near Sawrey, 1909, Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.676

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

p.69, cat. no. 676
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.


Watercolour; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Snow; Subject; Fields; Hills; Footprints; Dry stone walls


Landscapes; Drawings; Paintings

Production Type



National Art Library

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.