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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1900 (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 loved to sketch the British landscape, especially the Lake District. She purchased Hill Top farm and farmhouse in 1905 and in 1913 moved permanently to the area from London after marrying the Hawkshead solicitor, William Heelis. Potter loved to sketch the countryside at all different times of year and this quick sketch emanates a delicate impression of Spring-time's influence on the land. Small dabs of colour are used to great effect.

Physical description

Drawing in watercolour over pencil of a stream running through a field. Pink blossom tree in mid ground; purple sky. All sketchily drawn in detached dabs of watercolour.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


ca.1900 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil


Height: 155 mm, Width: 105 mm

Object history note

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 stream running through a field, watercolour over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, ca.1900, Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.631

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

p.67, cat. no. 631
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

Blossom; Stream; Tree; Spring


Drawings; Paintings; Landscapes

Production Type



National Art Library

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