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The Newlands Horseshoe of mountains seen from the Newlands valley

Drawing
13th September 1904 (drawn)
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.

This is a view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains in the Lake District seen from the Newlands Valley. The drawing is dated 13th September 1904, when Beatrix Potter was staying at nearby Lingholm. The Newlands Valley forms the setting for her book The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle, published by Frederick Warne in 1905, and it is possible that this drawing was made in connection with Potter’s ideas for backgrounds for the book illustrations. The backdrop to one of the last illustrations in the book (p.57 in the 1987 edition) looks to show a similar viewpoint. The book is dedicated to ‘the real little Lucie of Newlands’.
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
Category
Object type
Materials and techniques
watercolour over pencil on paper
Brief description
Watercolour over pencil study of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains seen from the Newlands Valley, drawn by Beatrix Potter 13th September 1904; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.583.
Physical description
A sketch showing a view of mountains from a valley, with buildings in the foreground and the hills worked up in vivid watercolour.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 189mm
  • Sheet width: 227mm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and inscriptions
'Sept 13 / 04' (Inscribed in pencil by the artist, lower right. )
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 the Lake District 13th September 1904. 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 (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.



This is a view of the Newlands Horseshoe of mountains in the Lake District seen from the Newlands Valley. The drawing is dated 13th September 1904, when Beatrix Potter was staying at nearby Lingholm. The Newlands Valley forms the setting for her book The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle, published by Frederick Warne in 1905, and it is possible that this drawing was made in connection with Potter’s ideas for backgrounds for the book illustrations. The backdrop to one of the last illustrations in the book (p.57 in the 1987 edition) looks to show a similar viewpoint. The book is dedicated to ‘the real little Lucie of Newlands’.

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.62; no.583Hobbs, 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.62; no.583
Other number
LB.583 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library number
BP.1074

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