Study of undergrowth with grasses, clover and a snail

Drawing
ca.1890-1913 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker

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.

Natural history was a topic of great interest to Beatrix Potter and the Linder Bequest includes many studies that see her working closely from nature. This sheet sees Potter make a detailed study of undergrowth, with plants including clover seen among the lush vegetation, while an unfinished snail sits on a leaf or rock. Her keen eye for observation also informed the animals and plants seen in her book illustrations; she always remained faithful to the true nature and appearance of the animals and plants depicted.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
watercolour, pen and ink and pencil on card
Brief Description
Unfinished watercolour and pen and ink over pencil drawing of undergrowth, with grasses, clover and a snail by Beatrix Potter, late 19th or early 20th century; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.647.
Physical Description
Study of undergrowth, with an unfinished drawing of a snail is in the upper right upon a large leaf or a rock surrounded by clover, leaves and grasses.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 202mm
  • Sheet width: 214mm
Production typeUnique
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.



Natural history was a topic of great interest to Beatrix Potter and the Linder Bequest includes many studies that see her working closely from nature. This sheet sees Potter make a detailed study of undergrowth, with plants including clover seen among the lush vegetation, while an unfinished snail sits on a leaf or rock. Her keen eye for observation also informed the animals and plants seen in her book illustrations; she always remained faithful to the true nature and appearance of the animals and plants depicted.

Bibliographic Reference
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.647Hobbs, 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.647
Other Number
LB.647 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.981

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