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drawing - Jackdaw Sweep
  • Jackdaw Sweep
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Jackdaw Sweep

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    30 July 1892 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour, white gouache and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.428

  • 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 design of a ‘Jackdaw Sweep’ has been linked to a passage in Beatrix Potter’s journal from Saturday 30 July 1892, when Potter was staying at Birnam in Perthshire: ‘I was busy in the morning finishing a drawing for Nister & Co. for which, by the way, they have not paid.’ Ernest Nister & Co. published a number of Potter’s early imaginary drawings in the 1890s, including her series ‘A frog he would a-fishing go’, for which there are numerous drawings in the Linder Bequest.

Potter made many closely observed studies of animals from nature, which informed her imaginary illustrations. She particularly admired the bird illustrations of natural history illustrators Thomas Bewick and Jemima Blackburn: she received a copy of the latter’s Birds Drawn from Nature for her tenth birthday and later met Mrs Blackburn.

Physical description

Drawing in vignette format of an upright jackdaw seen in profile, with sweeps under its wing.

Date

30 July 1892 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour, white gouache and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'drawn for Nister & co'
Inscribed in pencil, lower left.

Dimensions

Height: 165 mm sheet, Width: 125 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, very probably at Birnam on Saturday 30 July 1892. 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

Drawing of a jackdaw carrying a set of brooms by Beatrix Potter, believed to have been made for Ernest Nister & Co. in 1892; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1007.

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.112; no.1007
p.112; no.1007
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.
Anne Stevenson Hobbs, Beatrix Potter: Artist & Illustrator, Frederick Warne & Co., 2005. p.79 (reproduced in colour)
p.79 (reproduced in colour)
Beatrix Potter: artist & illustrator Frederick Warne & Co Ltd, 2005
Taylor, Judy, Joyce Irene Whalley, Anne Stevenson Hobbs, Elizabeth M Battrick. Beatrix Potter 1866-1943: the Artist and Her World. 1987. London: Frederick Warne & Co. p.58; no.112 (reproduced in colour)
p.58; no.112 (reproduced in colour)
Taylor, Judy, Joyce Irene Whalley, Anne Stevenson Hobbs, Elizabeth M Battrick. Beatrix Potter 1866-1943: the Artist and Her World. 1987. London: Frederick Warne & Co.

Materials

Watercolour; Gouache; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Illustrations; Crows; Sweep; Birds

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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