Signed with initials and dated at lower left, in pencil, "H. B. P. 1886"; inscribed on verso, in pencil, "At Camfield / Given to Miss Hammond. '87 / Helen Beatrix Potter".
The creator of The Peter Rabbit series was an avid student of nature, and from an early age she made meticulous drawings in pencil and watercolor of the flora and fauna in her family's and friends' gardens. In this drawing, Potter depicts an orchid cactus (Epiphyllum phyllanthus), a plant native to Central and South America but which thrives as a houseplant in more temperate climates. An inscription on the verso of the drawing--"At Camfield," her grandparents' country home north of London--suggests that it likely was in such a setting that she encountered the plant.