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drawing - The Toads' Tea Party
  • The Toads' Tea Party
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The Toads' Tea Party

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.518

  • Gallery location:

    Leighton, Room 102, case CA6

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) 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.

This drawing was made to illustrate a rhyme in an intended 1905 book of nursery rhymes in the style of Randolph Caldecott’s picture books. The illustration was for the following rhyme:

If acorn-cups were tea-cups, what should we have to drink?
Why! honey-dew for sugar, in a cuckoo-pint of milk;
With pats of witches’ butter and a tansey cake, I think,
Laid out upon a toad-stool on a cloth of cob-web silk!

Potter did not in the end publish her rhymes until 1917, in Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes.

Physical description

A finished drawing in pen and ink and watercolour showing six toads on toadstool 'stools' grouped around a toadstool table eating cake and drinking from acorn cups in a woodland setting, while a seventh toad looks on. Each toad has a colourful jacket in brown, green, pink or blue.

Date

ca. 1905 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 203 mm sheet, Width: 160 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca. 1905. 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 pen and ink drawing of a Toads' tea party, showing a group of toads eating cake and drinking out of acorn cups in a woodland setting; drawn for an intended book of nursery rhymes by Beatrix Potter in ca. 1905; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.710.

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.73; no.710
p.73; no.710
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

Ink; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Fungi; Illustrations; Toad

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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