Celebrating Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter holding a rabbit on a leash

Beatrix Potter with a bunny on a leash

Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London on July 28, 1866. The Potter family was well-to-do and Beatrix was educated at home by a series of governesses. During her youth she developed a fondness for animals, and later became an expert mycologist (mushroom specialist), a natural history artist, and an ardent conservationist.

Of course, Beatrix Potter is best known for her work as a children’s author and illustrator. Her first published work was the Tale of Peter Rabbit and she went on to create a series of popular animal tales, including the Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Pigling Bland, and the Tale of Tom Kitten. She illustrated all of her own works, though she had no formal artistic training.

Later in life, Potter moved to England’s Lake District and became a sheep breeder. She died on December 22, 1943, leaving a significant portion of her land to the National Trust, a land conservation organization in Great Britain.

 

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