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Pink rose

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Date:

    late 19th century-early 20th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and pen and ink with pencil, on card

  • Museum number:

    BP.912(I)

  • 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 made many studies of flowers and plants and was keenly interested in natural history. This sheet sees her depict a flowering pink rose, with unopened buds, leaves and thorns also rendered. Her carefully observed plant and flower studies would have an impact on her book illustration; she later commented that the ‘careful botanical studies of my youth’ informed the reality of her imagined scenes.

Physical description

Drawing of a pink rose and buds.

Date

late 19th century-early 20th century (drawn)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and pen and ink with pencil, on card

Dimensions

Height: 210 sheet, Width: 135 mm sheet

Object history note

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

Watercolour and pen and ink drawing of a pink rose by Beatrix Potter, late 19th or early 20th century; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.248.

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. 30; no. 248
p. 30; no. 248
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; Ink; Pencil; Card

Techniques

Drawn; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Thorn; Botanical illustration; Bud; Rose; Flowers; Natural history

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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