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drawing - The Newlands valley with a distant view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains
  • The Newlands valley with a distant view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The Newlands valley with a distant view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Newlands Valley (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1904 (drawn)
    23rd September (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1040

  • 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.

Before her marriage at the age of 47 in 1913, Beatrix Potter accompanied her parents on extended summer holidays and she often took the opportunity to sketch the places she visited. The Lake District was a favourite location for the family, and Beatrix Potter cemented her own connection with the area in 1905 when she purchased Hill Top near Esthwaite Water, the first of many Lakeland properties that she would own. This pencil sketch has been identified as a view of the Newlands valley, the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains visible in the background. The Newlands valley became the setting for one of Potter’s ‘little books’, The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (1905, Frederick Warne & Co.), which is dedicated to ‘the real little Lucy of Newlands’. The fells surrounding the valley feature as part of the background to a number of the illustrations.

Physical description

A pencil sketch of a valley with a horseshoe of mountains seen in the background.

Place of Origin

Newlands Valley (drawn)

Date

ca. 1904 (drawn)
23rd September (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sept 23.'
Inscribed in pencil by the artist, bottom left.

'Newlands and Littletown (LL)'
Inscribed on original folder (no longer used) by Leslie Linder.

Dimensions

Height: 212 mm sheet, Width: 264 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca. 1904. 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

Pencil sketch of the Newlands valley with a distant view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains, by Beatrix Potter, ca. 1904; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.581.

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.581.
p.62; no.581
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; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Mountains; Trees; Valleys

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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