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drawing - A field bordered by trees, with a rough sketch of rabbits
  • A field bordered by trees, with a rough sketch of rabbits
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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A field bordered by trees, with a rough sketch of rabbits

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    late 19th century - early 20th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1233(v)

  • 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 in 1913, Beatrix Potter accompanied her parents on extended summer holidays and she often took the opportunity to sketch the places she visited, carefully observing the landscapes. This pen and ink drawing is likely to have been made during one of these stays. While the landscape itself is worked up with pen and ink, the rabbits in the lower left of the composition are denoted by a very rough pencil sketch.

Physical description

A landscape drawing completed in pen and ink over pencil showing a field bordered by a fence and trees; to the left an unfinished pencil sketch of rabbits.

Date

late 19th century - early 20th century (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink over pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 189 mm sheet, Width: 278 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

Pen and ink landscape drawing: a view of a field and trees, with a rough sketch of rabbits, by Beatrix Potter, late 19th century - early 20th century; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.636.

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.67; no.636
p.67; no.636
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

Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Trees; Landscapes; Rabbits; Fences; Fields; Woodlands

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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