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drawing - A lake and trees beneath a stormy sky
  • A lake and trees beneath a stormy sky
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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A lake and trees beneath a stormy sky

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 - 1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour wash over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.984

  • 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, capturing the different locations in England, Scotland and Wales that she visited with her parents prior to her marriage in 1913. Following her purchase of Hill Top in 1905, the landscape around the farm and Esthwaite Water became a favourite subject for fleeting watercolour landscape studies. The area shown in this undated pencil and watercolour sketch is unidentified.

Physical description

Study of the edge of a lake, seen on the left, with trees along the shore, distant rolling holls and a stormy sky above.

Date

ca. 1900 - 1913 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour wash over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Watermark: 'Danehurst / Parchment'

Dimensions

Height: 160 mm sheet, Width: 200 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

Watercolour over pencil landscape study showing a lake and trees beneath a stormy sky by Beatrix Potter; late 19th or early 20th century; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.643.

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.643
p.67; no.643
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

Wash

Subjects depicted

Lakes; Hills; Trees; Landscapes; Storms

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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