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Drawing - Mountains under snow
  • Mountains under snow
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Mountains under snow

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Lake District (made)

  • Date:

    04/03/1909

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.964(iv)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Following her purchase of Hill Top in the Lake District in 1905, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) made many studies of the Lakeland landscape in all seasons. This watercolour study of snow-covered hills is dated 4 March 1909, when Potter was staying at Hill Top in Near Sawrey. A number of other studies of the snowy Lakeland landscape dating from this stay are also in the Linder Bequest. Potter enjoyed sketching outdoors and thought the Lakeland fells 'even more impressive in mist and snow'.

Beatrix Potter 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.

Physical description

A study of snow-covered hills completed in watercolour over pencil. The fell tops are bright white beneath a blue sky that makes up the top quarter of this landscape format composition. Blues and purples are also used to delineate the snow. There is a valley beneath the hills with trees and a wall in the foreground.

Place of Origin

Lake District (made)

Date

04/03/1909

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'March 4. 09.'
Inscribed in pencil lower left by the artist.

'Sawrey'
Inscribed by Leslie Linder on a folder no longer in use.

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm sheet, Width: 25.5 cm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in the Lake District in 1909. 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

Watercolour over pencil drawing of mountains under snow, with a snow-covered valley and trees in the foreground; landscape study by Beatrix Potter, made on 4 March 1909 during a stay at Hill Top; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.682.

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

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. p.69; no. 682
p.69; no.682
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.

Materials

Watercolour; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Snow; Hills; Walls; Mountains

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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