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Newlands from Swindale

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Swindale (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • 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 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 set several of her tales in the Lake District. During long summer holidays she would escape the oppressive society of her parents and wander among the hills and valleys with her sketchbook, capturing the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Her sketchbook of 1903 contains numerous watercolour impressions of Newlands Valley which lies west of Derwentwater and beyond the Cat Bells. It is possible that this larger and more finished sketch of a view of Newlands from Swindale also dates from 1903 when she was gathering ideas for her sixth tale, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle (eventually published in 1905). Beatrix Potter based Mrs. Tiggy-winkle on her pet hedgehog, Mrs. Tiggy, and several of her sketches of Newlands Valley appear as backgrounds to her illustrations.

Physical description

Watercolour and pencil sketch of a landscape view with trees to the left and right of a pasture in the foreground and fells in the distance. De-framed; frame stored separately.

Place of Origin

Swindale (made)


ca.1903 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Beatrix Potter / Newlands from Swindale'
Inscription by artist on recto (bottom right corner)

'From the Library of Anne Renier and F.G. Renier'
Bookplate on verso of frame.

'Muddle & Gibbons, ' Picture Frame Makers, / Great George Street / and / 1, Queen Street, / Phone 435. Godalming'.
Label on verso of frame.


Height: 229 mm, Width: 193 mm

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter in ca.1909. Acquired by the V&A from Anne Renier and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection in 1970.

Descriptive line

Watercolour drawing of a landscape, 'Newlands from Swindale', by Beatrix Potter, ca.1903.


Watercolour; Pencil; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Farms; Hills; Views; Trees; Landscapes (representations); Natural landscapes; Sheep farms; Mountains; Farm buildings; Landscapes (environments)


Drawings; Paintings; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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