I LOVE BEATRIX POTTER. I think we all have one thing in common: BEATRIX POTTER. When I was a child, PETER RABBIT and other Potter tales were part of my daily life. My mother read all the tales to us over the years. When we were in London, she bought the complete collection at Harrods, and I remember having that collection next to my bed for most of my young. When we were young parents, a loving Adopted Aunt named Shirley Carroll in Reading Massachusetts gave our children a second complete collection. So, our children heard the tales at bedtime. As they grew older, they collected all the animal figures–bunnies, mice, etc..
When I learned that the ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE BEATRIX POTTER BOOK PETER RABBIT will be displayed alongside the text of the story, I knew I had to share this notification with my readers.
These ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS will be on display from 3 July – 8 January at THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM in South Kensington.
Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London on 28 July, 1866 and died on 22 Deember, 1943. She was born into a priviledged household and educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. Her parents discouraged her intellectual development as a young woman, but her study and watercolor of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology.
In her thirties, Potter publishd the highly successful children’s book, THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT. Around that time she became engaged secretly to her publisher Norman Ware. This caused a breach with her parents who disapproved of her marrying someone of lower social status. Warne died before the wedding could take place.
BEATRIX POTTER began writing and illustrating children’s books full time. With proceeds form the books, she became financially independent of her parents and was eventually able to buy HILL TOP FARM in the Lake District. She extended the property with other purchases over time. In her forties, she married William Heelis, a local solicitor, became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate books for children. She published twenty-three books.
Potter died on 22 December 1943 and left almot all of her property to the National Trust. Her books continue to see well throughout the world. Her stories have been retold in various formats including a ballet, films, and in animation.
I encourage my readers to visit the V&A and enjoy the ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS from the Beatrix Potter book PETER RABBIT.
I have a warm in this one.