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View across Esthwaite Water

Drawing
21st November 1909 (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.

Beatrix Potter enjoyed sketching the British landscape in all seasons. From the age of 16 she visited the Lake District regularly with her parents. Many years later, in 1905, she purchased Hill Top Farm, situated by her favourite lake, Esthwaite Water; from this time she made many drawings of the area surrounding the farm. This watercolour study shows the view across Esthwaite Water on a November day in 1909. Beatrix Potter settled permanently in the Lake District in 1913 following her marriage to Lakeland solicitor William Heelis.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
watercolour over pencil on paper
Brief Description
Watercolour over pencil study of a view across Esthwaite Water, by Beatrix Potter, November 21st 1909; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.542.
Physical Description
Watercolour landscape showing the view over a lake, painted in a wet on wet technique.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 178mm
  • Sheet width: 252mm
Style
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Nov 21st 09' (Inscribed in pencil by the artist, bottom left.)
  • 'H B Potter. / Esthwaite Water.' (Inscribed in ink by the artist, verso of original brown mount. )
  • (Inscribed by Leslie Linder on folder (no longer used): 'Esthwaite Water 1909')
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 Esthwaite Water, 21st November 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 (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.



Beatrix Potter enjoyed sketching the British landscape in all seasons. From the age of 16 she visited the Lake District regularly with her parents. Many years later, in 1905, she purchased Hill Top Farm, situated by her favourite lake, Esthwaite Water; from this time she made many drawings of the area surrounding the farm. This watercolour study shows the view across Esthwaite Water on a November day in 1909. Beatrix Potter settled permanently in the Lake District in 1913 following her marriage to Lakeland solicitor William Heelis.

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.59; no.542Hobbs, 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.59; no.542
Other Number
LB.542 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.1079

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