“I do not remember a time when I did not try to invent pictures and make for myself a fairyland amongst the wild flowers, the animals, fungi, mosses, woods and streams, all the thousand objects of the countryside; that pleasant, unchanging world of realism and romance, which in our northern clime is stiffened by hard weather, a tough ancestry, and the strength that comes from the hills.”overview of her career. At the National Trust's Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, Cumbria (near her cherished Hill Top farmhouse), you can see her beautiful paintings and learn about her life. Along with photos and first editions, they have original illustrations for 20 of the 23 little storybooks; more than 700 watercolors, ink drawings, and greetings cards designed by Potter; butterfly cabinets; and more. (When she died in 1943, Beatrix left 4,000 acres of land, including 15 farms, to the care of the National Trust.) Above left is a sketch of flower borders, Victoria and Albert Museum. You can peruse our Potter books here, and please enjoy the sampling of her work below.
|Above, Jemima Puddle Duck. As The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published on 2 October 1902, Potter already had prepared The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester (her own favorite).|
|Potter often wrote with a particular child in mind. She remarked that the secret to the success of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was that it was addressed to "a real live child … not made to order."|