Beatrix Potter's Tailor of Gloucester holds his hand out expectantly for the twist he asked his cat, Simpkin, to fetch for him. Unfortunately, as he has freed the mice from the upturned teacups that Simpkin trapped them in, he won't be getting his twist. Instead, the cat spitefully hides the much needed twist in a teapot, as we see here in Potter's detailed illustration accompanying the words: 'Simpkin hid a little parcel privately in the tea-pot, and spit and growled at the tailor; and if Simpkin had been able to talk, he would have asked: "Where is my MOUSE?"'
Helen Beatrix Potter
‘Where is My Twist?’
Date of work
Original: Ink, watercolour and gouache on paper 11.1 x 9.2 cm Tate. Presented by Capt. K. W. G Duke RN 1946
Helen Beatrix Potter (1866 –1943) was a British writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist. Potter's study and watercolours of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology, but she is best known for the successful series of children's books the wrote and illustrated, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit
, The Tailor of Gloucester
and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
. 22 of her illustrations for The Tailor of Gloucester
form part of Tate’s collection, and can be viewed by appointment in Tate Britain’s Prints and Drawings Room.