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drawing - Interior of the potting-shed at Bedwell Lodge, Hertfordshire
  • Interior of the potting-shed at Bedwell Lodge, Hertfordshire
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Interior of the potting-shed at Bedwell Lodge, Hertfordshire

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Bedwell Lodge (made)

  • Date:

    08/1891 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Crayon on paper

  • 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.

As well as an accomplished story-teller, Beatrix Potter was also a keen nature artist. Her menagerie of pets included rabbits, frogs, squirrels, mice and hedgehogs. When illustrating her tales she would always sketch her fictional characters from live models and often depicted real places in the backgrounds.

During the summer of 1891, the Potter family visited Bedwell Lodge, Hertfordshire. Beatrix Potter produced several sketches of the potting-shed which later was to inspire her illustration of Mr. McGregor's tool-shed in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. In the story, Peter Rabbit runs into the tool-shed to escape from Mr. McGregor and hides inside a watering-can.

Physical description

Crayon drawing on paper of the interior of a potting-shed with a watering-can on the left and gardening tools, including a fork, rake and broom, on the right. The door of the potting-shed is open.

Place of Origin

Bedwell Lodge (made)


08/1891 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Crayon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription in crayon on recto: Aug.91.'40 [sic]

Drawing pin holes


Height: 229 mm Whole object, Width: 165 mm Whole object

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter at Bedwell Lodge in August 1891. Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) as part of the Linder Bequest in 1973.

Descriptive line

Drawing; interior of the potting-shed at Bedwell Lodge, Hertfordshire by Beatrix Potter, 1891; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.492.

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

Brief catalogue entry, no. 492.
'Hobbs and Whalley, Beatrix Potter : the V&A Collection, London, 1985'


Crayon; Paper



Subjects depicted

Gardening tools; Rakes; Watering cans; Sheds; Tools; Brooms; Gardens; Garden forks



Production Type



National Art Library

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