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View across Derwentwater to mountains showing St. Herbert's Island

Drawing
ca. 1903 (drawn)
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.

Before her marriage at the age of 47 in 1913, Beatrix Potter accompanied her parents on extended summer holidays and she often took the opportunity to sketch the places she visited. The Lake District was a favourite location for the family and became a source of inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s ‘little books’. This pen and ink drawing is a view across Derwentwater showing St Herbert’s Island, which became ‘Owl Island’ in The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903, Frederick Warne & Co.). One of the illustrations (p.15 in the 1987 edition) shows the squirrels paddling over to the island, the backdrop the same view as that shown in this drawing.

read Beatrix Potter's inspirations The appeal of Beatrix Potter's book illustrations lies in the combination of romance and fantasy with a strong sense of place captured in realistic backdrops. The places she visited with her family provided endless inspiration for her imagery. The Potter family regularly travelled during t...
Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
pen and ink over pencil on paper
Brief description
View across a lake to mountains showing St. Herbert's Island, pen and ink drawing by Beatrix Potter, ca. 1903; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB 534.
Physical description
A pen and ink drawing with a lake in the foreground and an island in the centre left, looking across to mountains.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 200mm
  • Sheet width: 265mm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and inscriptions
(Inscribed on folder (no longer used) by Leslie Linder: 'Summer 1903 Derwentwater, Herbert Island.' Watermark: Aviemore. )
Credit line
Linder Bequest [plus object number; written on labels on the same line as the object number]
Object history
Drawn by Beatrix Potter, ca. 1903. 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.



Before her marriage at the age of 47 in 1913, Beatrix Potter accompanied her parents on extended summer holidays and she often took the opportunity to sketch the places she visited. The Lake District was a favourite location for the family and became a source of inspiration for Beatrix Potter’s ‘little books’. This pen and ink drawing is a view across Derwentwater showing St Herbert’s Island, which became ‘Owl Island’ in The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903, Frederick Warne & Co.). One of the illustrations (p.15 in the 1987 edition) shows the squirrels paddling over to the island, the backdrop the same view as that shown in this drawing.



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.58; no.534Hobbs, 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.58; no.534.
Other number
LB.534 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library number
BP.1029

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