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Drawing - Snow scene showing a farm with outbuildings, and hillside beyond (near Sawrey)

Snow scene showing a farm with outbuildings, and hillside beyond (near Sawrey)

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Lake District (made)

  • Date:

    03/03/1909

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.965(ii)

  • 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 buildings and snow-covered hills is dated 3 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 drawing of farm buildings and a hillside under snow, completed in watercolour over pencil. The buildings are in the middle-ground of this portrait format composition, delineated in orange and purple. Beyond the buildings the hills rise up to meet the sky. A stone wall curves down from the buildings into the foreground, where there are also trees. Pinks and purples have been used alongside white and blues to depict the snowy hills.

Place of Origin

Lake District (made)

Date

03/03/1909

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'March 3rd 09'
Inscribed in pencil lower right by the artist.

'H B Potter'
Inscribed in pencil upper left verso by the artist.

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

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm sheet, Width: 18 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 and pencil drawing of buildings and snow-covered hills in Sawrey, the Lake District, made by Beatrix Potter while staying at Hill Top on 3 March 1909; Linder Bequest cat. no. 673.

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. 673
p.69; no.673
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; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Snow; Walls; Buildings; Farms; Hills

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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