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On display at V&A South Kensington
The Porter Gallery, Room 48

A village in snow

Drawing
7th March 1909 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Beatrix Potter 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.

Following her purchase of Hill Top in the Lake District in 1905, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) made many studies of the Lakeland landscape in all seasons. This watercolour study of a village, probably Near Sawrey, under snow is dated 7th March 1909, when Potter was staying at Hill Top in Near Sawrey. A number of other studies of the snowy Lakeland landscape dating from this stay are also in the Linder Bequest. Potter enjoyed sketching outdoors and thought the Lakeland fells 'even more impressive in mist and snow'.
read Introducing Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter remains one of the world's best-selling and best-loved children's authors. She wrote and illustrated 28 books, including her 23 Tales which have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. In her later years, she became a farmer and sheep breeder and helped protect thousand...
object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour over pencil on paper
Brief Description
Snow scene, drawn in watercolour and pencil by Beatrix Potter, 7th March 1909; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.669.
Physical Description
A watercolour over pencil depiction of a snowy village, with houses and distant hills.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 235mm
  • Sheet width: 184mm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'March 7th 09' (Inscribed in pencil by the artist, lower right.)
  • 'Sawrey from Tower Bank Arms.' (Inscribed on verso by Capt. Duke (the sheet is now laid down on heavy paper and this could not be checked at the time of cataloguing). )
Credit line
Linder Bequest [plus object number; written on labels on the same line as the object number]
Object history
Drawn by Beatrix Potter while staying in Near Sawrey on 7th March 1909. 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
Place Depicted
Summary
Beatrix Potter 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.



Following her purchase of Hill Top in the Lake District in 1905, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) made many studies of the Lakeland landscape in all seasons. This watercolour study of a village, probably Near Sawrey, under snow is dated 7th March 1909, when Potter was staying at Hill Top in Near Sawrey. A number of other studies of the snowy Lakeland landscape dating from this stay are also in the Linder Bequest. Potter enjoyed sketching outdoors and thought the Lakeland fells 'even more impressive in mist and snow'.

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.68; no.669Hobbs, 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.68; no.669.
Other Number
LB.669 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.1157

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