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  • Drawing of a cat knitting and sketch of a cat's head
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Drawing of a cat knitting and sketch of a cat's head

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1890s (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.511

  • 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.

Many of Beatrix Potter’s imaginary drawings were made in the 1890s, before she published her books. This sketch of a cat knitting, with an additional study of the cat’s head on the same sheet, was linked by the Potter scholar Leslie Linder to a drawing of a cat drinking tea that was perhaps intended for publication by Ernest Nister (see museum object number BP.802).

Physical description

A full length sketch of a cat knitting, with another study of just the cat's head to the right.

Date

ca. 1890s (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'100/62898'
Inscribed on verso.

Dimensions

Height: 95 mm sheet, Width: 85 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca. 1890s. 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 cat knitting and another sketch of the head only by Beatrix Potter, ca.1890s; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1028.

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.1030; no.1028
p.1030; no.1028
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

Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Illustrations; Cats; Knitting; Animals

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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