Beatrix Potter (London 1866 – Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943)
Beatrix Potter made this pencil drawing of her pet rabbit, Peter Piper, in January 1898. As a child, Beatrix was deprived of peer companionship and the menagerie of pets she kept in her schoolroom provided friendship and company. This particular pet was described by Beatrix as her 'affectionate companion and quiet friend' to whom she 'was utterly devoted'. It is not surprising, then, that this he was reincarnated as a character in her most famous illustrated work, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' (1902).
Pencil drawing of Beatrix Potter's pet rabbit, Peter, dated January 1898.
Marks and inscriptions
Peter Jan '98
Makers and roles
Beatrix Potter (London 1866 – Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943), artist