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drawing - Study of a lizard

Study of a lizard

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    02/1884 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pen and ink over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.405

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) made numerous studies of animals, some of which she kept as pets. The subject of this detailed watercolour study of February 1884 is thought to be a lizard Potter had as a pet at this time: later that year, in her journal entry for 20 April, Potter wrote: ‘Judy, the little lizard we brought from Ilfracombe, died on Sunday 20th. I have had a great deal of pleasure from that little Creature.’

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 watercolour depiction of a green lizard in profile, its long tail curving around the lower part of the landscape format composition. An unfinished background of vegitation has been sketched lightly in pencil, with some leaves drawn in pen and ink.

Date

02/1884 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pen and ink over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Feb. 84.
Inscribed by the artist in pencil, lower left.

Dimensions

Height: 11 cm sheet, Width: 17.5 cm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in February 1884. 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, pen and ink and pencil study of a lizard against an unfinished background of vegitation drawn by Beatrix Potter in February 1884; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.378.

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.42; no.378
p.42; no.378
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; Ink; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour; Pen; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Natural history; Lizards; Animals; Reptiles

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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