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drawing - Aunt Pettitoes feeding her piglets

Aunt Pettitoes feeding her piglets

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pen and ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.514

  • 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 is a variant illustration for Potter’s book The Tale of Pigling Bland (published 1913) showing Aunt Pettitoes feeding her piglets. Aunt Pettitoes is the mother pig in the tale who had too many children: ‘Four little boy pigs and four little girl pigs are too many altogether’.

Physical description

A watercolour and pen and ink illustration, the composition in portrait format, showing Aunt Pettitoes holding two buckets and her piglets eating from a trough within a field. The illustration varies slightly from the illustration used in The Tale of Pigling Bland; Aunt Pettitoes wears a plain rather than patterned apron, the position of the piglets is slightly different, there are variations in the use of tone and the viewpoint allows for more space around the characters with more sky and foreground grass.

Date

1913 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pen and ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 19.5 cm sheet, Width: 16.5 cm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, probably in 1913 when The Tale of Pigling Bland was published by Frederick Warne & Co. 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 Aunt Pettitoes feeding her piglets, a variant of an illustration in The Tale of Pigling Bland, by Beatrix Potter; probably drawn in 1913 for the book published by Frederick Warne & Co. later the same year; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.917.

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.99; no.917
p.99; no.917
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; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Fields; Illustrations; Pigs; Piglets

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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