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drawing - Kirkcudbright Bay
  • Kirkcudbright Bay
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Kirkcudbright Bay

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.307

  • 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.

Before her marriage in 1913, Beatrix Potter accompanied her family to Scotland, Wales or the Lake District for extended summer holidays and she often took the opportunity to sketch the places she visited. It has been suggested that this watercolour landscape showing a field and bay with distant hills depicts Kirkcudbright Bay; a similar watercolour by Beatrix Potter, also with cows in the foreground, was made at Kirkcudbright Bay in September 1899.

Physical description

A watercolour landscape with a field in the foreground with three cows in the lower right and a bay and distant hills beyond.

Date

ca. 1899 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour over pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 175 mm sheet, Width: 254 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 landscape believed to show Kirkcudbright Bay, made by Beatrix Potter ca.1899; Linder Bequest cat. no. 566.

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.61; no.566
p.61; no.566
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; Bays; Hills; Cows

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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