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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    07/1882 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portrait orientated drawing in watercolour over pencil of a woman washing items in a trough, farm buildings and a chalet-like house in mid ground. Woman is wearing a blue dress with a white apron over it and a white bonnet with a possible red neckerchief. She is bent over, turned away from the viewer. The trough is long and made of stone, water flows from a pipe into it. A black cart is positioned in the mid left foreground. Buildings in background are predominately brown. Large imposing chalet on the right. Small stone cut through facade in front. Sky is dark blue with white clouds.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


07/1882 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil


Height: 350 mm, Width: 165 mm

Object history note

Drawn probably by Beatrix Potter in July 1882. 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 a woman washing items in a trough, farm buildings and a chalet-like house in mid ground, watercolour over pencil, probably by Beatrix Potter, Great Britain, 1882, Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.83

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

p.17, cat. no. LB.83
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

Chalet; Trough; Woman


Drawings; Paintings

Production Type



National Art Library

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