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drawing - The squirrel's gift

The squirrel's gift

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink, grey wash and white gouache highlights on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.429

  • 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 exceptionally detailed pen, ink and wash drawing probably dates to the period before any of Potter's books had been published. Potter’s inscription on the verso states: ‘This is a very old drawing.’

Physical description

A highly detailed illustration completed in pen and ink with grey wash. A squirrel is in the foreground resting on a wooden ledge by a wooden door within a tree trunk, passing a gift up to another squirrel who peers out from a window in the tree trunk. Woodland and distant hills in the background.

Date

ca. 1895 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink, grey wash and white gouache highlights on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'H. B. Potter. This is a very old drawing. I think it may have been in the portfolio before.'
inscribed on verso

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm sheet, Width: 17.5 cm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in ca. 1895. 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. A note in the mount reads 'From 'Moira and Jane Taylor; on behalf of the children of the Victoria Private Teaching Nursery, 84, Victoria Road West, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear NE31 1LR'. The nursery opened in 1972.

Descriptive line

Drawing of a squirrel handing up nuts as a gift to another squirrel by Beatrix Potter, late 19th century; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1012.

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.114; no.1012
p.114; no.1012
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; Gouache; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Trees; Squirrels; Illustrations

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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