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drawing - A mouse in bed with a mole doctor in attendance
  • A mouse in bed with a mole doctor in attendance
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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A mouse in bed with a mole doctor in attendance

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Birnam (drawn)

  • Date:

    August 1892 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.636(e)

  • 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.

The mole character in this humorous scene showing a visit from a doctor is a caricature of a Dr Culbard, who attended the Potter family in Scotland. Beatrix Potter described meeting the doctor in her journal entry for 20 August 1892 during a stay at Birnam in Perthshire:

‘Mamma went into Dunkeld with the pony, and, coming out of Miss Anderson’s shop, caught her heel and came down. She cut her elbow badly, to the bone. Went with her to Dr. Culbard, who was kind and very fat and snuffy.’

Physical description

A drawing of a mouse laying in bed, with a table and a medicine bottle beside it. The doctor - a mole - stands nearby.

Place of Origin

Birnam (drawn)

Date

August 1892 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Dr C.!'
Inscribed in ink by the artist, lower right.

'aug 92.'
Inscribed in ink by the artist, lower left.

'19'
Inscribed in pencil, upper right.

'19'
Written in pencil, upper right.

Dimensions

Height: 125 mm sheet, Width: 200 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter while staying at Birnam, Perthshire, in 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 mouse in a brass bedstead and a doctor - a mole - by Beatrix Potter, August 1892; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1025.

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.116. no.1025
p.116. no.1025
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.
Linder, Enid, Leslie Linder and Anne Carroll Moore, The Art of Beatrix Potter, London, 1955. pp.182-3 (text); p.196 (reproduced)
pp.182-3 (text); p.196 (reproduced)
Linder, Enid, Leslie Linder and Anne Carroll Moore, The Art of Beatrix Potter. London : Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., 1955.

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Anthropomorphism; Mice; Patients; Caricatures; Animals; Doctors; Moles; Spectacles; Beds; Tables

Categories

Drawings; Caricatures & Cartoons

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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