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drawing - A lady being handed grapes by a page in an interior
  • A lady being handed grapes by a page in an interior
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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A lady being handed grapes by a page in an interior

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    June 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and gouache on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.304

  • 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.
The interior shown in this detailed study is thought to be 2 Bolton Gardens, the Potter family home in South Kensington. The journal Beatrix Potter kept as a girl and young woman tells us that she was visiting art exhibitions and looking at paintings around the time of making this picture; it may have been inspired by paintings or prints that she had seen, the figures not appearing to be drawn from life. Potter was never as comfortable with drawing figures as she was with natural history subjects.

Physical description

Two full-length figures in an interior, the lady taking grapes from a fruit platter held by a page. In the background framed pictures and a staircase can be seen. Watercolour with white gouache.

Date

June 1885 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'June 85.'
inscribed in ink upper left recto by the artist

Dimensions

Height: 17.5 cm sheet, Width: 15.9 cm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in June 1885. 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 gouache study of an interior with a lady in medieval attire being handed grapes by a page, drawn by Beatrix Potter in June 1885, Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.688.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Linder Bequest
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.70; no.688
p.70; no.688
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; Gouache; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Subjects depicted

Grapes; Fruit; Figures

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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