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Brer Rabbit rescues the Terrapin, or tortoise

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    05/1895 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pen and ink over pencil

  • Credit Line:

    The Trustees of The Linder Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Drawing in pencil in box asymmetrically placed to left in frame. 'Brer Rabbit' examines a lumpy sack hanging on the wall. Also on the wall are a skillet, shears, meat cleavers. A shotgun hangs above fireplace on adjoining wall. Fire-irons on stand and lit fire in hearth on right hand side. Sheep's skull and iron pot on ground near wall (centre background), scattered feathers and the wing of a bird lie in the foreground. Primary illustration surrounded by partial frame in pen over pencil containing 'Brer Rabbit' among nettles with paw to chin, looking puzzled. Other vegetation and back view of 'Brer Fox' in coat with sack on back, carrying a cane.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


05/1895 (drawn)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pen and ink over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'HBP. May 95'
Signed in bottom right of primary image.

'Brer Rabbit come out of the bushes en make his way into Brer Fox's / house, he kotch hold of de bag and sorter feel it. . / "Ow! go way! Lem'me lone! Tu'n me loose! Ow!" / Brer Rabbit jump back 'stonished. / "Ef I a'int make no mistakes, dat is nobody in / de roun' worl' but ole / Brer Tarrypin."
Caption in ink, within border image progressing in a slant down the page.


Height: 280 mm, Width: 214 mm

Object history note

Historic mount for a drawing by Beatrix Potter. Given by Leslie Linder (1904-1973) to the National Book League (now the Book Trust) in 1970 as part of a representative selection of Beatrix Potter's work. This selection, comprising 279 drawings and 38 early editions and now known as the Linder Collection, was acquired on long-term loan by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1989 and remains the property of a charitable trust, The Linder Trust.

Descriptive line

Historic mount/ backing for LC.8.A.3 (Loan: Linder Trust.53-1994)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.47, cat. no. 5.11
Hobbs, Anne Stevenson (compiler). The Linder Collection of the works and drawings of Beatrix Potter: catalogue of works on paper. London: The Trustees of the Linder Collection, 1996 (1999 reprint).


Pencil; Ink; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Border; Foxes; Shotgun; Fireplace; Sheep's skull; Rabbit


Animals and Wildlife; Anthropomorphism; Books; Children & Childhood; Drawings; Illustration

Production Type



National Art Library

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