'The Lady Mouse Curtseys'
Watercolour and pencil
Linder Bequest LB 793 (BP 473a)
© Frederick Warne & Co. 2006
Variant illustration for page 24 of The Tailor of Gloucester.
Beatrix Potter dressed the mice in authentic 18th-century costume, based partially on garments in the V&A’s collections. Lady Mouse wears an open cotton gown, red silk quilted petticoat, apron and linen mob cap. The teacups date from about 1800.