Dinner in Mouseland
Beatrix Potter (London 1866 – Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943)
Beatrix Potter made this highly finished grisaille drawing – executed in pencil, ink and watercolour – sometime between 1890 and 1895. This fantasy scene of clothed, bipedal mice (including a gentleman mouse in top hat and tails) anticipates a scene from 'The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse' (1918).
Drawing in pencil, ink and watercolour using the grisaille technique (see Hobbs, Beatrix Potter's Art page 16 and plates 48-49). An interior scene with two mice seated at a table covered with a tablecloth. A gentleman mouse enters the room in the right background; a daisy in a terracotta flowerpot fills the left foreground. Signed 'H.B.P.' in the bottom right corner.
Marks and inscriptions
H.B.P. (Beatrix Potter's hand, bottom right corner)
Makers and roles
Beatrix Potter (London 1866 – Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943), artist