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drawing - Side view of a bat with wings folded
  • Side view of a bat with wings folded
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Side view of a bat with wings folded

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    12/1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.398(a)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Natural history was a topic of great interest to Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) from childhood and throughout her life. She made numerous studies of animals from life and her keen eye for observation is reflected in her book illustrations. This sheet dates from December 1885 and is an incredibly intricate study of a bat. There are a number of other drawings of bats in the Linder Bequest, dated between 1884 and 1887. In 1884 Beatrix described a pet bat owned by her brother in her journal: ‘Bertram went back to school September 16th. Leaving me responsibility of a precious bat. It is a charming little creature, quite tame and apparently happy as long as it has sufficient flies and raw meat. I fancy bats are things most people are pleasingly ignorant about. I had no idea they were so active on their legs, they are in fact provided with four legs and two wings as well, and their tail is very useful for trapping flies.’

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 small and very finely detailed study of a bat seen from the side with its wings folded, completed in brown tones using watercolour; some pencil outlines are visible.

Date

12/1885 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'December 85.'
Inscribed by the artist in ink, lower left verso.

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 cm sheet, Width: 12 cm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in December 1885. 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 study of a bat, made in December 1885 by Beatrix Potter; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.112.

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.20; no.112
p.20; no.112
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; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Bats; Natural history; Animals

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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