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drawing - View across Esthwaite Water
  • View across Esthwaite Water
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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View across Esthwaite Water

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Esthwaite Water (drawn)

  • Date:

    21st November 1909 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1079

  • 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.

Beatrix Potter enjoyed sketching the British landscape in all seasons. From the age of 16 she visited the Lake District regularly with her parents. Many years later, in 1905, she purchased Hill Top Farm, situated by her favourite lake, Esthwaite Water; from this time she made many drawings of the area surrounding the farm. This watercolour study shows the view across Esthwaite Water on a November day in 1909. Beatrix Potter settled permanently in the Lake District in 1913 following her marriage to Lakeland solicitor William Heelis.

Physical description

Watercolour landscape showing the view over a lake, painted in a wet on wet technique.

Place of Origin

Esthwaite Water (drawn)

Date

21st November 1909 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Nov 21st 09'
Inscribed in pencil by the artist, bottom left.

'H B Potter. / Esthwaite Water.'
Inscribed in ink by the artist, verso of original brown mount.

Inscribed by Leslie Linder on folder (no longer used): 'Esthwaite Water 1909'

Dimensions

Height: 178 mm sheet, Width: 252 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter at Esthwaite Water, 21st November 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

Watercolour over pencil study of a view across Esthwaite Water, by Beatrix Potter, November 21st 1909; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.542.

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.59; no.542
p.59; no.542
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

Hills; Mountains; Lakes; Landscapes

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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