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POTTER, Beatrix.

Original drawing of a mouse curtsying in front of a tea cup from the Tailor of Gloucester.

[Near Sawrey,]: November 1927 Stock Code: 144268
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A delightful image from one of Potter's most famous works

Signed and dated November 1927 in pen lower right and inscribed "From the "Tailor of Gloucester", Copyright of F Warne & Co" by Potter. This is a delightful image from one of Potter's most famous works, a redrawing of the illustration first published in The Tale of Gloucester, London, 1902.

The paper, dimensions, signature and date indicate that this maybe one of the images Potter created in 1927 to raise money for the National Trust. In 1927, the Trust undertook an urgent appeal for money to purchase a strip of Lake Windermere's shore, Cockshott Point. Potter wished to help raise funds to ensure the land was never developed but was unable to persuade her mother to contribute, even though her house overlooked the Point. Potter decided to raise money herself by selling some of her pictures in America. "She sent fifty signed copies of drawings of Peter Rabbit to the Editor of Horn Book Magazine, Miss Bertha Mahony in August 1927. Miss Mahony sold the drawings on behalf of the National Trust at a guinea each, and there were requests for more drawings, the final sum raised was 104, a substantial donation to the appeal" (Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, and Battick, Beatrix Potter 1866-1943, pp. 193-4). The pictures were sold at the Boys & Girls Bookshop on Boylston Street, Boston.

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Ink and watercolour drawing on laid paper. Sheet size 18.9 x 12.5 cm. Image size 7 x 6.2 cm.


Paper toned and laid down on board otherwise a bright attractive image.


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