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drawing - The White Rabbit running along a long panelled corridor
  • The White Rabbit running along a long panelled corridor
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The White Rabbit running along a long panelled corridor

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.455(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.

When Beatrix Potter was presented with a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a child, she was immediately ‘absorbed with Tenniel’s illustrations’. Before publishing her own stories, Potter illustrated fairy tales and classic texts, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, to amuse herself and to develop her technique. In the 1890s her pet rabbit, Peter Piper, became the model for Potter’s own illustrations of the White Rabbit.

Physical description

A watercolour over pencil illustration of a white rabbit in a blue coat running along a long wood-panelled corridor, pulling on his white gloves as he runs. The illustration sits within a rough pencil border. Mounted with a related illustration (object number BP.455(b)).

Date

ca. 1895 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour over pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 17 cm sheet, Width: 11 cm sheet, Height: 9 cm image, Width: 7.5 cm image

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.

Descriptive line

Watercolour and pencil drawing of the White Rabbit running along a corridor, an illustration to Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca.1895; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.972.

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.106; no.972
p.106; no.972
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; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Illustrations; Gloves; Corridors; Rabbits

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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