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Drawing

28/07/1903 (drawn)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Drawing in watercolour and pen and ink over pencil of a patch of green lettuces to the left. Path in brown/purple tones to the right which comes in front of patch and to the right, progressing up a step into the background of the picture. Orange brick wall in background with branches coming over the top. Other vegetables and flowers in slate-edged border to the right.
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Object type
Materials and techniques
Watercolour and pen and ink over pencil
Brief description
Drawing of a lettuce bed: background study for The tale of Benjamin Bunny, watercolour and pen and ink over pencil, by Beatrix Potter, Fawe Park, 1903, Linder Collection object no. LC.24.A.1, catalogue no. 4.34
Physical description
Drawing in watercolour and pen and ink over pencil of a patch of green lettuces to the left. Path in brown/purple tones to the right which comes in front of patch and to the right, progressing up a step into the background of the picture. Orange brick wall in background with branches coming over the top. Other vegetables and flowers in slate-edged border to the right.
Dimensions
  • Height: 225mm
  • Width: 188mm
Size of paper and image.
Marks and inscriptions
'July 28.03' (Inscribed in faint pencil in bottom left.)
Credit line
Given by the Linder Collection
Object history
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 formerly on long-term loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1989 and 2019 form the charitable trust, The Linder Trust.
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Place depicted
Associated objects
Bibliographic references
  • 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).p.37, cat. no. 4.34
  • Potter, Beatrix. The tale of Benjamin Bunny. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., 1903.p.32
Other numbers
  • LOAN:LINDER TRUST.215-1994 - Previous loan number
  • 4.34 - Linder Collection catalogue no.
Collection
Library number
LC 24/A/1

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Record createdAugust 6, 2013
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