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drawing - The Newlands Horseshoe of mountains seen from the Newlands valley
  • The Newlands Horseshoe of mountains seen from the Newlands valley
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The Newlands Horseshoe of mountains seen from the Newlands valley

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    13th September 1904 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1074

  • 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.

This is a view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains in the Lake District seen from the Newlands Valley. The drawing is dated 13th September 1904, when Beatrix Potter was staying at nearby Lingholm. The Newlands Valley forms the setting for her book The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle, published by Frederick Warne in 1905, and it is possible that this drawing was made in connection with Potter’s ideas for backgrounds for the book illustrations. The backdrop to one of the last illustrations in the book (p.57 in the 1987 edition) looks to show a similar viewpoint. The book is dedicated to ‘the real little Lucie of Newlands’.

Physical description

A sketch showing a view of mountains from a valley, with buildings in the foreground and the hills worked up in vivid watercolour.

Date

13th September 1904 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sept 13 / 04'
Inscribed in pencil by the artist, lower right.

Dimensions

Height: 189 mm sheet, Width: 227 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in the Lake District 13th September 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

Watercolour over pencil study of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains seen from the Newlands Valley, drawn by Beatrix Potter 13th September 1904; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.583.

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.583
p.62; no.583
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; Hills; Mountains; Buildings; Valleys

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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