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Lady rabbit and gentleman rabbit passing on the street

Drawing
June 1890 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.

In 1890 Beatrix Potter and her brother, Bertram, hoped to buy a printing machine. Bertram suggested that Beatrix sell her imaginary drawings to raise funds. The printer Hildesheimer & Faulkner purchased six designs, including this one, from Beatrix and printed them as Christmas and New Year cards. In this design, a gentleman rabbit passes a lady rabbit on the street, holding mistletoe. The humour and accurate depictions of animal anatomy seen in Potter’s greetings card designs anticipate her book illustrations.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional TitleDesign for Hildesheimer and Faulkner (published title)
Materials and Techniques
watercolour and pen and ink
Brief Description
Watercolour and pen and ink drawing of a lady rabbit and gentleman rabbit passing on the street, a design for a Christmas card made by Beatrix Potter in 1890; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1769.
Physical Description
Watercolour and pen and ink design showing a lady rabbit and a gentleman rabbit passing in the street, the lady rabbit holding a fur muff and umbrella and the gentleman rabbit holding mistletoe. Mounted with a pen and ink version of the same design; accession number BP.443(b), Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1770.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 17.8cm
  • Sheet width: 11.3cm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'H.B.P.' (inscribed in pencil lower right by the artist)
  • 'Beatrix Potter. 2 Bolton Gardens. June '90.' (Inscribed on the verso)
Credit line
Linder Bequest [plus object number; written on labels on the same line as the object number]
Object history
Drawn by Beatrix Potter at 2 Bolton Gardens, South Kensington in June 1890. 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.



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Association
Summary
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.



In 1890 Beatrix Potter and her brother, Bertram, hoped to buy a printing machine. Bertram suggested that Beatrix sell her imaginary drawings to raise funds. The printer Hildesheimer & Faulkner purchased six designs, including this one, from Beatrix and printed them as Christmas and New Year cards. In this design, a gentleman rabbit passes a lady rabbit on the street, holding mistletoe. The humour and accurate depictions of animal anatomy seen in Potter’s greetings card designs anticipate her book illustrations.

Bibliographic Reference
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.191; no.1769Hobbs, 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.191; no.1769
Other Number
LB.1769 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.443(a)

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