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drawing - Cart track covered in snow, with fields beyond
  • Cart track covered in snow, with fields beyond
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Cart track covered in snow, with fields beyond

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Sawrey (according to Linder Bequest catalogue, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1913 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.339

  • 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 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 snow-covered path and wintry trees are loosely delineated in broad watercolour brushstrokes over sketchy pencil lines. Potter enjoyed sketching outdoors and thought the Lakeland fells 'even more impressive in mist and snow'.

Physical description

Snow scene made in an upright format, with a snow-covered path in the foreground leading through some wintry trees and fields beyond.

Place of Origin

Sawrey (according to Linder Bequest catalogue, drawn)

Date

ca. 1913 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 252 mm sheet, Width: 176 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter ca. 1913. 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 drawing of a cart track covered in snow, with fields beyond, ca. 1913 by Beatrix Potter; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.665.

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.665
p.68; no.665
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

Trees; Landscapes; Paths; Snow; Fields

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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