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  • Guinea pigs gardening
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Guinea pigs gardening

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    01/1893 (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.521(a)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 work dates from 1893, when Potter is known to have borrowed guinea pigs from her friend and neighbour Miss Paget to make drawings: she wrote in her journal on 5 February 1893 that one of the guinea pigs ‘took to eating blotting paper, pasteboard, string and other curious substances, and expired in the night’. This composition was later redrawn for Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes (published 1922) to accompany Potter’s verses:

We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.

We love our little garden,
And tend it with such care,
You will not find a faded leaf
Or blighted blossom there.

Physical description

An illustration of guinea pigs gardening; four guinea pigs work the soil with spades and a rake while a guinea pig with glasses and a blue coat looks on. The composition is in landscape format.

Date

01/1893 (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

'Jan 93'
inscribed on verso

Dimensions

Height: 102 mm sheet, Width: 163 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in January 1893 (the composition later redrawn for the 1922 Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes). 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

Drawing of guinea pigs gardening in pen and ink and watercolour over pencil, drawn by Beatrix Potter in 1893 and later redrawn for the 1922 Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.741.

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.78; no.741
p.78; no.741
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; Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Guinea pig; Garden tools; Illustrations; Gardening

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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