Gentleman Rabbit with Letter (circa 1890-93). Beatrix Potter (English, 1866-1943). Watercolor. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.
The rabbit is not the famed Peter Rabbit that Potter is most recognized for, but an unnamed rabbit wearing a tail-coat, waistcoat, staff, and hat. While this was unpublished at the time it was created, the Beatrix Potter Society did reproduce it at a later date. Potter is the beloved author of many children’s books including “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, which stars her most famous character.