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drawing - Pumpkin carriage drawn by three pairs of rabbits
  • Pumpkin carriage drawn by three pairs of rabbits
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Pumpkin carriage drawn by three pairs of rabbits

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    ca.1890s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink with wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.452

  • Gallery location:

    Leighton, Room 102, case CA10

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.

In the 1890s Potter sketched illustrations for fairy tales including Cinderella, Puss-in-Boots, Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. Her later idea to publish her ‘more or less written’ version of Cinderella within ‘a set of fairy tales in thin volumes’ (see Judy Taylor (ed.) Beatrix Potter’s Letters, Frederick Warne, 1989, p.346) never materialised, but some of her manuscripts and sketches can be viewed in the V&A collections. There are two other drawings relating to Cinderella in the Linder Bequest; both relate to this illustration of Cinderella’s coach, with the present drawing presenting the most finished version of the subject. In Potter’s interpretation, Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage is drawn by three pairs of rabbits, while the coachmen are mice.

Physical description

Detailed illustration showing Cinderella's pumpkin carriage drawn by three pairs of rabbits, with mice as coachmen, passing through a medieval-looking town by moonlight. Mice, voles and a mole carry sedan-chairs and lanterns.

Date

ca.1890s (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink with wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Cinderella's carriage going to fetch her from the ball, intended for moonlight. H. B. Potter.'
Inscribed on the verso by the artist.

Dimensions

Height: 140 mm support, Width: 280 mm support

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

Pen and ink and wash illustration to 'Cinderella' drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca.1890s; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.974.

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.106; no.974. The catalogue records Leslie Linder's note that the illustration was 'damaged by Mrs Gaddum's dog'; presumably Linder acquired the work from Mrs Gaddum.
p.106; no.974
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; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Vole; Fairy tales; Towns; Rabbits; Lanterns; Coaches; Moles; Mice; Illustrations; Sedan chairs; Pumpkin

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; Fairy Tales and Legends

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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