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drawing - Snow scene with fields and a line of trees
  • Snow scene with fields and a line of trees
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Snow scene with fields and a line of trees

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Near Sawrey (made)

  • Date:

    4th March 1909 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1156

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter 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 (1866-1943) made many studies of the Lakeland landscape in all seasons. This watercolour study of a hillside under snow is dated 4 March 1909, when Potter was staying at Hill Top in Near Sawrey. A number of other studies of the snowy Lakeland landscape dating from this stay are also in the Linder Bequest. Potter enjoyed sketching outdoors and thought the Lakeland fells 'even more impressive in mist and snow'.

Physical description

A watercolour over pencil depiction of a snowy hillside, with footprints in the snow and a wall leading into the distance. At the top of the hill there is a line of trees.

Place of Origin

Near Sawrey (made)

Date

4th March 1909 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'March 4. 09'
Inscribed in pencil by the artist, lower left.

Dimensions

Height: 254 mm sheet, Width: 178 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter while staying in Near Sawrey on 4th March 1909. 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

Snow scene with fields and a line of trees drawn by Beatrix Potter in pencil and wash, 4 March 1909; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.667.

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.667.
p.68; no.667
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; Trees; Footprints; Hills; Snow; Walls

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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