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  • Drawings of common or viviparous lizard
    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943
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Drawings of common or viviparous lizard

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    1885 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.406

  • 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.

From early childhood Beatrix Potter spent time drawing the many pets that she kept in her schoolroom: over the years, her pets included lizards, snails, bats, mice, rabbits and many other animals. During the family’s long summer holidays to rural areas she also took the opportunity to draw the plants and animals she saw in the countryside. Even her earliest childhood drawings show a serious interest in natural history, her sketches annotated with information about the species concerned.

This sheet, dated 1885, includes two views of a common lizard. For a related, and more highly finished, drawing in the Linder Collection, see the record for museum number LOAN:LINDER TRUST.174-1994 (Linder Collection 19/B/2).

Physical description

Two watercolour drawings of a lizard.

Date

1885 (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'1885'
Inscribed in pencil, lower left.

Dimensions

Height: 186 mm sheet, Width: 122 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in 1885. 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

Drawings of common or viviparous lizard by Beatrix Potter, 1885; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.379.

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. 42; no. 379.
p. 42; no. 379
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

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Natural history; Lizards; Animals; Reptiles

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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