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Potter, Beatrix
HUNCA MUNCA WITH CRADLE [TOGETHER WITH] TWO ALPHABET LETTERS (‘C’ AND ‘Y’)
70 by 108mm (Hunca Munca), 45 by 25mm (letter ‘C’) and 36 by 21mm (letter ‘Y’) all on single sheet 204 by 165mm (with watermark ‘ST NEOTS MILL | NO 24’), ink drawings, the first signed with initials lower right, mounted, framed and glazed, some browning (especially below mount)
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Catalogue Note

Potter first drew this composition of a mouse with children in a cradle in the early 1890s and it was eventually to appear in The Tale of Two Bad Mice featuring Hunca Munca in 1904. It is known in at least eight versions (Victoria and Albert Museum, Linder Collection, Warne Archive and National Trust collections). Only one of these versions shows Hunca Munca’s tail on the left of the composition (as here).

The combination of letters ‘C’ and ‘Y’ is known in two other versions and both are apparently in pencil (see Victoria and Albert Museum VA1064 and VA1061). The second version (with additional letters) was first reproduced in Enid and Leslie Linder’s The Art of Beatrix Potter, 1972, p. 240. The present version therefore appears to be the only known ink drawing of the composition.

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