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Illustration for page 71 of 'The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies', 1909; inside of window, with plant on sill, and rabbits looking in open window
Pen and brown ink and watercolour
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Height: 110 millimetres
Width: 95 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Label from Room 90 display, 2007 for illustrations to pages 68, 71, 74, 77, 81, 84 of Flopsy Bunnies:
The rabbits followed the farmer back to the house to listen under the kitchen window and the youngest flopsy bunny climbed onto the sill. They heard the farmer boast he would sell the six rabbits for tobacco but his wife wanted to 'skin them and cut off their heads' to line her old cloak with their fur. Although Beatrix Potter drew sweet images of her animals and gave them the characteristics of people, at the same time she acknowledged the reality of life in the countryside and did not sentimentalise the behaviour of humans.
When Mr. McGregor realized the rabbits had been replaced by vegetables, he threw a rotten marrow out the window, hitting the youngest bunny on the sill and hurting him. 'Then Benjamin and Flopsy thought it was time to go home.'
On the final page of the book was the charming image of Mrs Tittlemouse standing in the door of her house in the snow, having received the next Christmas 'enough rabbit-wool to make herself a cloak and a hood, and a handsome muff and a pair of warm mittens.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1958 April, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 48
1985 July, The Gateway, Shrewsbury, 'Beatrix Potter in Wales', (no cat.)
1992/3 Sept-Jan, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, 'Peter Rabbit' (ex cat.)
2007 Jan-Feb, BM, P & D, Room 90 display
2009 Aug-Dec, London, V&A, Flopsy Bunnies display
2010 July-Oct, Hatfield, Mill Green Museum, Beatrix Potter in Hertfordshire
- Associated titles
Associated Title: The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
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