The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
Beatrix Potter (London 1866 - Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943)
Manuscript of The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle written in a blue 'Home Lesson' exercise book. The text is written in ink with occasional pencil notes; sometimes amended text has been written on small slips of paper which have been pasted in. There are no illustrations.This is thought to be the earliest manuscript of The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, although the origins of the story may be as early as 1886. Unlike the published version, the story is here addressed to Stephanie Hyde-Parker, Beatrix's cousin's daughter, rather than to Lucie Carr, daughter of the Vicar of Newlands. It begins, 'Now Stephanie, this is the story about a little girl called Lucie'. See also HIL.R.7, a subsequent draft of The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
Marks and inscriptions
Made at Lingholme, Sept 01. Told to Cousin Stephanie at Melford Nov 01. written down Nov 02. There are no pictures. it is a good one to tell.
Makers and roles
Beatrix Potter (London 1866 - Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943), writer