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drawing - Snow scene with two cows (left) and sketches of chickens (right)
  • Snow scene with two cows (left) and sketches of chickens (right)
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Snow scene with two cows (left) and sketches of chickens (right)

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Hill Top (the snow scene was catalogued by Leslie Linder as Hill Top, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1805 - ca. 1813 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.338

  • 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 landscape drawing of a snow covered hillside on this sheet is thought to show Hill Top Farm in the Lake District; following her purchase of Hill Top in 1905, Beatrix Potter made many studies of the Lakeland landscape in all seasons. This sheet is undated but Potter made similar studies of the snowy landscape around Sawrey in the winters of 1909, 1910 and 1913, so it could date from around this time. The snowy hillside and wintry trees are loosely delineated in broad watercolour brushstrokes over sketchy pencil lines. On the right two cows make their way down the hill.

Potter used the right hand part of this sheet for some additional sketches; she has made eight studies of chickens.

Physical description

A sheet mainly taken up with a pencil and watercolour study of a snowy hillside, with trees at the top of the hill and two cows walking downm it; various footprints or dips can be seen in the snow. A pencil line cuts off the right hand part of the sheet, on which there are eight sketches of chickens.

Place of Origin

Hill Top (the snow scene was catalogued by Leslie Linder as Hill Top, drawn)

Date

ca. 1805 - ca. 1813 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pencil and watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 175 mm sheet, Width: 252 mm sheet

Object history note

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 a snow scene with cows, thought to show Hill Top Farm, and, to the right, sketches of chickens, by Beatrix Potter, ca.1905-1913, Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.664.

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.68; no.664
p.68; no.664
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

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Trees; Landscapes; Chickens; Snow; Cows

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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