In this illustration from Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester
, 1903, the tailor has recovered from his illness, and sets out to go to his workshop, to see what can be done about the mayor’s wedding coat. Potter writes that ‘The sun was shining on the snow when the tailor got up and dressed, and came out into the street with Simpkin running before him’, and that’s exactly what she shows in this beautifully detailed illustration.
Helen Beatrix Potter
The Tailor and Simpkin Set Out for the Shop
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.