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drawing - Sketches for 'Tingle dingle dousy'
  • Sketches for 'Tingle dingle dousy'
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Sketches for 'Tingle dingle dousy'

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca.1905 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.629(f)

  • 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 sheet 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 the rhyme beneath one of her other sketches; see museum no. BP.629(a). The rhyme goes:

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

The sheet has a torn edge on the right, and was originally part of the same sheet as another sheet of studies for 'Tingle dingle dousy': museum number BP.629(d).

Date

ca.1905 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 208 mm sheet, Width: 100 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

Sketches relating to the rhyme 'Tingle dingle dousy' drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca.1905; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1089.

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.1089
p.123; no.1089
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 (illustrations mentioned in text)
p.57 (illustrations 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

Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Mouse; Nursery rhymes; Mice; Illustrations

Categories

Drawings; Manuscripts

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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