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Two rabbits in hats and coats with walking sticks walking through snow

Drawing
1890 (made)
Artist/Maker

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 from Beatrix and printed them as Christmas and New Year cards. This watercolour drawing of two rabbits walking through snow is a design made for Hildesheimer & Faulkner. A variant of the design was later used for the frontispiece of Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917).
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object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
watercolour and gouache on paper
Brief Description
Watercolour drawing of two rabbits in hats and coats with walking sticks walking through the snow, a design for a greetings card for Hildesheimer & Faulkner; drawn by Beatrix Potter, probably in 1890; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.1768
Physical Description
A watercolour drawing of two rabbits walking through snow with walking sticks, snow, a hedge and a fence in the background. The rabbit on the left wears a blue hat and a greyish brown coat with red mittens. The rabbit on the right wears a blue hat and a dark grey coat with a red scarf and mittens.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 17.7cm
  • Sheet width: 12cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
'H. B. P.' (inscribed in ink to the lower right of the design by the artist)
Credit line
Linder Bequest [plus object number; written on labels on the same line as the object number]
Object history
Drawn by Beatrix Potter in around 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.
Subjects depicted
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 from Beatrix and printed them as Christmas and New Year cards. This watercolour drawing of two rabbits walking through snow is a design made for Hildesheimer & Faulkner. A variant of the design was later used for the frontispiece of Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917).

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.1768Hobbs, 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.1768
Other Number
LB.1768 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.1475

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