Helen Beatrix Potter

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Simpkin at the Tailor's Bedside

c.1902
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After the tailor frees the mice from the upturned teacups that his cat, Simpkin, has trapped them in, Simpkin spitefully hides the tailor’s much needed twist. Having seen the tailor fall ill, and heard the mice stitching away, Simpkin regrets his actions and decides to make amends: ‘When the tailor awoke in the morning, the first thing which he saw upon the patchwork quilt, was a skein of cherry-coloured twisted silk, and beside his bed stood the repentant Simpkin!’ Potter depicts the tailor’s bedside, with the sorrowful cat holding a conciliatory cup of tea.
  • Artist Helen Beatrix Potter
  • Artwork Simpkin at the Tailor's Bedside
  • Date of work c.1902
  • Credit Original: Ink, watercolourand 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.
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As each print is handmade to order they take a little longer to prepare. We’ll dispatch your order as soon as it is ready, separately from any other items.

UNFRAMED PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £3.60 per order

Europe — £15.00 per order

Rest of world — £28.00 per order

FRAMED & CANVAS PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £7.50 per print

Europe — £20.00 per print

Rest of world — £50.00 per print

We currently offer free standard delivery on all UK orders over £60. Here’s more information on delivery.

REFUNDS & RETURNS

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