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drawing - The frog contents himself with a meal of grasshopper
  • The frog contents himself with a meal of grasshopper
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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The frog contents himself with a meal of grasshopper

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    1894 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.507(q)

  • 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 drawing of a frog eating a meal of grasshopper is part of Potter’s series of drawings ‘A Frog He Would A-Fishing Go’. The illustrations were inspired by the gentleman frog in Randolph Caldecott’s picture book, A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go, printed by Edmund Evans for George Routledge in 1883 and later for Frederick Warne in 1895. In February 1884, Rupert Potter, Beatrix’s father, purchased two pen and ink drawings by Caldecott made in preparation for this book. Beatrix Potter intended her drawings for A Frog He Would A-Fishing Go to be published as a booklet, however, having approached the firm of Ernest Nister was told ‘I am a little doubtful of whether we can take it, we certainly cannot make a booklet of it as people do not want frogs now. The only way in which we could use it would be as a double page in our ‘Annual’…’ Following some negotiation, most of the designs were purchased by Ernest Nister for publication; in 1896 they were published in Nister’s Holiday Annual and in Comical Customers at the New Stores of Comical Rhymes and Stories. This design appears in the last page of the sequence.

The story eventually developed into The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, which was published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1906.

Physical description

Drawing of a frog sat a table, seen from behind, eating a meal of grasshopper.

Date

1894 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 140 mm sheet, Width: 202 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in 1894. 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 frog contenting himself with a meal of grasshopper from the series 'A Frog He Would a-Fishing Go' by Beatrix Potter, 1894; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1044. A rubbing of Nister block no.11290 is included with the drawing.

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.119; no.1044
p.119; no.1044
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.
L. Linder, A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter. (London : Frederick Warne & Co, 1987 reprint)., p.182 (see)
p.182 (see)
L. Linder, A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter. (London : Frederick Warne & Co, 1987 reprint).

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Grasshopper; Illustrations; Tables; Animals; Food; Frogs

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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