Beatrix Potter (British, 1866-1943)
Lot 146
Beatrix Potter (British, 1866-1943)
Sold for £936 (US$ 1,573) inc. premium
Lot Details
The following lot is from the estate of the Late Hamish Alastair Phillips.
Beatrix Potter (British, 1866-1943)
Study of nettles, inscribed in pencil Sept 7 '0, pencil, ink and watercolour, 21 x 28.5cm (8 1/4 x 11 1/4in).


  • Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866 in Kensington Square, London. She took private art classes for several years. She earned an Art Student’s Certificate for becoming proficient in freehand and model drawing, linear perspective and flower painting. In 1883, she took a 12 lesson course in oil painting. Beatrix Potter was considered an amateur artist by some because of her lack of training, but her natural affection for animals and rich imagination made up for any deficiencies she may have had. Her solitary studies of plants and animals contributed to her education more than any textbook could have. Since the Potters lived in an area of London within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, Potter spent many afternoons there alone sketching.  From her trips to the museums, she learned how specimens were mounted and how microscopic plates were prepared. She learned how to draw with her eye to the microscope.  For years she collected specimens, identified and dissected them and painted them in minute detail.

    Purchased from Henry Sotheran Ltd., Piccadilly, London

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