Potter, Beatrix (1866 – 1943)
A very fine original signed watercolour illustration by Potter on an approximately 7″ X 4.5″ sheet of paper, August 1927.
The charming and delicately executed artwork (which appears in its published form on page 38 of the First Edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, 1902) depicts the young, disobedient Peter Rabbit, wearing his blue jacket and with his back to the reader, standing opposite Mr. McGregor who kneels in his garden as he tends his vegetables, an astonished look on his bespectacled and bearded face as he stares directly towards Peter.
With a holograph caption by Potter immediately beneath the illustration, ‘Round the end of a cucumber frame whom should he meet but Mr. McGregor!’ Signed (‘Beatrix Potter’; the signature a little faded, largely to the surname, although still legible) and dated in her hand beneath the caption.
Rare and particularly desirable in this form. Attractively and professionally matted in pale brown and cream. In very fine condition.
Potter made a series of watercolours to raise money for a fund to save some woodland and meadow near Windermere in the Lake District, many of which were sold in America. Within a year enough money had been generated to save the land from being built upon and Potter herself wrote, ‘It was a great satisfaction to me to have been able to help the fund through the kindness of my friends in America…Whenever I cross the ferry and look at the pleasant green banks I will think of the good friends across a wider stretch of water’. The present lot is certainly one of the series of fund raising watercolours made by Potter, several of which are held in the V&A Collection.