Magnified studies of a beetle (the ground beetle Notiophilus biguttatus?) thumbnail 1
Not currently on display at the V&A

Magnified studies of a beetle (the ground beetle Notiophilus biguttatus?)

Drawing
4 March 1887 (drawn)
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.

As a young woman Beatrix Potter studied natural history with some seriousness, exploring the collections of the Natural History Museum, including the insect cases and fungi specimens. She had a collector’s cabinet full of specimens, from shells to dead butterflies and moths, and used a magnifying glass and a microscope to examine them more closely. She made numerous carefully observed studies of animals and plants from life.

This sheet exemplifies her quasi-scientific approach. A beetle specimen (possibly the ground beetle Notiophilus biguttatus) is studied in minute detail: the whole insect is represented by the pencil study on the left of the sheet, while the head is shown highly magnified in a detailed watercolour and pen and ink study on the right of the sheet.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil, watercolour and pen and ink on paper
Brief Description
Drawing; magnified studies of a beetle by Beatrix Potter, 4 March 1887; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.334
Physical Description
Enlarged pencil drawing of the entire beetle (on left of sheet) and highly magnified pencil, watercolour and pen and ink study of the head (on right of sheet).
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 272mm
  • Sheet width: 364mm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
'Beatrix Potter. March 4th 87.' (Inscribed in ink by the artist on paper attached to the verso.)
Credit line
Linder Bequest [plus object number; written on labels on the same line as the object number]
Object history
Drawn by Beatrix Potter, 4 March 1887. 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.



As a young woman Beatrix Potter studied natural history with some seriousness, exploring the collections of the Natural History Museum, including the insect cases and fungi specimens. She had a collector’s cabinet full of specimens, from shells to dead butterflies and moths, and used a magnifying glass and a microscope to examine them more closely. She made numerous carefully observed studies of animals and plants from life.



This sheet exemplifies her quasi-scientific approach. A beetle specimen (possibly the ground beetle Notiophilus biguttatus) is studied in minute detail: the whole insect is represented by the pencil study on the left of the sheet, while the head is shown highly magnified in a detailed watercolour and pen and ink study on the right of the sheet.

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.36; no.334Hobbs, 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.36; no.334
Other Number
LB.334 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.260

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 createdDecember 14, 2016
Record URL