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  • Pig in a tub
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Pig in a tub

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    1899 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pen and ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.263

  • 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 made many imaginary drawings in the 1890s, before her books had been published. This drawing of a little pig bathing in a tub is dated 1899. It may be a precursor to one of the illustrations in Potter’s later book The Tale of Pigling Bland (Frederick Warne, 1913): a black and white illustration within the tale, although different in detail, also shows a little pig bathing in a wooden tub (p. 11 in the 2002 edition).

Physical description

Watercolour drawing showing a little black pig bathing in a wooden tub, with a watering-can, a towel horse, soap and a sponge beside the tub.

Date

1899 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'H.B.P. 99'
Inscribed in ink by the artist, lower right.

'3) 29 3/4 / 9'
Numbers written in pencil on the verso.

Dimensions

Height: 230 mm sheet, Width: 295 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in 1899. 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 and pen and ink drawing of a pig in a tub with a towel horse, watering-can, soap and sponge beside it; by Beatrix Potter, 1899; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1000.

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.111; no.1000
p.111; no.1000
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.
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.149; reproduced in colour
p.149; 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

Ink; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Towel; Watering-cans; Animals; Illustrations; Pigs; Bathing; Tubs; Sponges

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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