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drawing - Sketch and rhyme for 'Tingle dingle dousy'
  • Sketch and rhyme for 'Tingle dingle dousy'
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Sketch and rhyme for 'Tingle dingle dousy'

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca.1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.629(a)

  • 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 is one of a group of sketches in the collection relating to the mouse protagonist of the play-rhyme ‘Tingle dingle dousy, which is a variant of the popular nursery rhyme ‘Ding Dong Bell’. Potter wrote out on the rhyme on this sheet, beneath her drawing:

Tingle dingle dousy
Ding dong bell!
Laugh little mouse!
Pussy’s in the well!

Beatrix Potter had a keen interest in rhymes, which she adapted, wrote and illustrated. She worked on a book of rhymes in 1904-5, with the hopes that it would be published, so it is possible that her sketches for ‘Tingle dingle dousy’ date from around this time. Her publisher (Frederick Warne & Co.), however, was keen to keep up her successful stream of original tales, and after the death of Norman Warne, Beatrix’s editor and fiancé, in August 1905, the book was put to one side. Much later, in 1917, a developed version of the 1905 book of rhymes was published: Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes, followed by Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes in 1922.

Physical description

Sketch showing a mouse with its tail in the air, the verse inscribed beneath it.

Date

ca.1905 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Tingle dingle dousy / Ding dong bell! / Laugh little mouse! / Pussy's in the well.'
Inscribed in pencil by Beatrix Potter, lower centre.

Dimensions

Height: 130 mm sheet, Width: 81 mm sheet

Object history note

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

Sketch and the rhyme 'Tingle dingle dousy' drawn and written out by Beatrix Potter, ca.1905; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1088.

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.123; no.1088
p.123; no.1088
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.57 (mentioned in text)
p.57 (mentioned in text)
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; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Written

Subjects depicted

Mouse; Illustrations; Nursery rhymes; Mice

Categories

Drawings; Manuscripts

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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