This illustration was used as the frontispiece (the image that faces the title page) of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester
. It depicts one of her sartorially-inclined mice, sat on a bobbin with reading glasses perched on their nose, reading a copy of The Tailor and Cutter
newspaper. The Tailor of Gloucester
, first published 1903, was Beatrix Potter’s second book, and reportedly her favourite of the enormously popular tales she wrote for children. It was written and illustrated in and around Gloucester, inspired by a Gloucestershire folktale.
Helen Beatrix Potter
Frontispiece: The Tailor Mouse
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.