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drawing - Sheaves of corn in a field, Sawrey
  • Sheaves of corn in a field, Sawrey
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Sheaves of corn in a field, Sawrey

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Far Sawrey (drawn)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.341

  • 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.

Following her purchase of Hill Top in the Lake District in 1905, Beatrix Potter made many studies of the Lakeland landscape in all seasons. This lively watercolour study of corn sheaves in a field reflects her interest in the working landscape; Potter kept Hill Top as a working Lakeland farm and purchased others over time, beginning with nearby Castle Farm in 1909. After Beatrix Potter’s marriage to William Heelis in 1913, Castle Cottage became the couple’s permanent home and she turned her interests increasingly to farming.

Physical description

Landscape watercolour showing a field with sheaves of corn in the foreground, with hills in the distance.

Place of Origin

Far Sawrey (drawn)

Date

early 20th century (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Cut a little before Grasmere Games - rained 15 days - / Monday to Sat. 9th Sept dry - 5 carts/some carted 9th - rain night.'
Inscribed in pencil by the artist, lower verso

'This is Redmaynes, the field next to Far Sawrey & next to the one / we had the caravan in. You can see our barn & roof in / the distance. It is oats this year & will be cut in 10 days / or so. WD. / 11/8/46.'
Inscribed in pencil upper vero by Capt Duke (according to Leslie Linder, Capt Duke gave this picture to his daughter Rosemary and inscribed it)

Dimensions

Height: 175 mm sheet, Width: 249 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, early 20th century. Owned by Captain Kenneth W. G. Duke before acquired by Leslie Linder (1904-1973). 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; landscape watercolour showing sheaves of corn in a field in Sawrey, drawn by Beatrix Potter; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.585

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.62; no.585
p.62; no.585
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

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Corn; Sheaves; Hills; Fields

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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