Cinderella's coach drawn by three pairs of rabbits thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D , Box SK Temp 9

Cinderella's coach drawn by three pairs of rabbits

Drawing
ca.1890s (made)
Artist/Maker

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. The present sheet is a preparatory sketch for an illustration of Cinderella’s coach. There are two other drawings relating to Cinderella in the Linder Bequest, both of which show a pumpkin coach. In Potter’s interpretation, Cinderella’s carriage is drawn by three pairs of rabbits, while the coachmen are mice.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
pencil and pen and ink on paper
Brief Description
Preliminary sketch for an illustration of Cinderella's coach by Beatrix Potter, ca.1890s; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.976
Physical Description
Preliminary sketch for Cinderella's coach drawn by three pairs of rabbits. The coach is sedan-chair shaped and one of the rabbits is scratching itself.
Dimensions
  • Support height: 175mm
  • Support width: 250mm
Style
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Linder Bequest [plus object number; written on labels on the same line as the object number]
Object history
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.



Subjects depicted
Summary
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. The present sheet is a preparatory sketch for an illustration of Cinderella’s coach. There are two other drawings relating to Cinderella in the Linder Bequest, both of which show a pumpkin coach. In Potter’s interpretation, Cinderella’s carriage is drawn by three pairs of rabbits, while the coachmen are mice.

Bibliographic Reference
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.107; no.976 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.107; no.976
Other Number
LB.976 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.457

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdOctober 27, 2016
Record URL