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drawing - Kep

Kep

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Near Sawrey (drawn)

  • Date:

    5 March 1909 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on paper, mounted on card

  • Museum number:

    BP.297

  • 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.

Beatrix Potter purchased Hill Top in Near Sawrey, her first Lake District farm, in 1905. After this date she visited Hill Top regularly for holidays, eventually settling permanently in nearby Castle Cottage following her marriage in 1913. This study of ‘Kep’, one of Beatrix Potter’s sheepdogs, dates from a visit to Near Sawrey in March 1909, when Potter made a number of studies of the Lakeland landscape in snow. Potter gave this drawing to Stephanie Hyde Parker, the daughter of her cousin Ethel, who stuck it in an album: remnants of the album can be seen in the floral motif adhered to the lower left of the design, and in a drawing by Amy Hyde Parker attached to the back of the study.

Another version of this composition exists in the Linder Collection, which is also housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Physical description

A watercolour and pencil sketch of a sheep dog guarding sheep in a snow-covered field. In the lower left a purple flower motif is adhered to the paper - a legacy of when the drawing was kept in an album by Beatrix Potter's cousin, Stephanie Hyde Parker. A drawing attached to the verso, showing carrots and a turnip, is by Amy Hyde Parker.

Place of Origin

Near Sawrey (drawn)

Date

5 March 1909 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on paper, mounted on card

Marks and inscriptions

'"Kep" / March 5 1909 / Beatrix Potter.'
Inscribed by the artist, lower right: the inscription was inked over and enhanced by Stephanie Hyde-Parker, to whom the drawing was given.

Dimensions

Height: 175 mm sheet, Width: 250 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter, 5 March 1909. Given by Beatrix Potter to Stephanie Hyde Parker; given to Stephanie's daughter Rosemary after her death. 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

Pencil and watercolour drawing of a sheep dog, 'Kep', guarding sheep in a snow-covered field; by Beatrix Potter, 5 March 1909; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.178.

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.25; no.178
p.25; no.178
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

Watercolour; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Watercolour; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Snow; Hills; Sheep dog; Landscapes; Sheep; Dogs; Animals; Natural history; Albums

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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