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Beatrix Potter’s Extraordinary Career

Dec 26, 2012

by Chappell Ellison

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Mention Beatrix Potter and many of us think of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, or any number of the other lovable anthropomorphic creatures made famous in her illustrated books. But behind those precious, delicate illustrations, there was a shrewd businesswoman, natural scientist and artist who fiercely defended her work and opened her own doors. An exhibition on view at the Morgan Library and Museum welcomes you into the irresistible world Potter crafted.

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Beatrix Potter with Benjamin Bouncer, September 1891. Cotsen Children’s Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Princeton University Library.

Potter was born in 1866 to a privileged English family. As a child, she was constantly sketching her surroundings, especially gardens and and dusty rooms. “Her youth was rich in opportunities to read and to explore and investigate the natural world,” wrote Linda Lear, author of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. She even smuggled a rabbit into the nursery in a paper bag, studying it and making sketches of its movements. Noticing this growing hobby, her parents exposed her to art lessons, which she could barely stand.

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Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), Leaves and Flowers of the Orchid Cactus, 1886. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

She turned her back on copying the works of classical painters and stole her brother’s microscope to sketch her insect specimens instead. By the 1890s, Potter’s studies of nature peaked with a fascination with fungi. Besides creating top-notch scientific illustrations, she wrote a paper titled “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricineae,” explaining her theory on how fungi spores reproduce.

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Beatrix Potter. Autograph letter to Noel Moore, February 4, 1895. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

Though nature studies were her primary interest at that time, Potter also wrote incredible picture letters to children she knew, focused on simple narratives. When a former governess suggested that Potter try to publish a book based on a letter she wrote to a child about an ill-mannered rabbit named Peter, Potter borrowed back the letter and pitched the story. She was turned away by six publishers, partly because she insisted on color illustrations, which went against the standard black and white printing of the time. Undeterred, Potter bucked the system and funded a privately printed edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, personally marketing her book to shop-keepers and children, handling her own inventory and fulfilling requests for copies.

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A rare 1918-1919 printing from Warne & Co.

In 1902, she signed a contract with Frederick Warne & Co., who issued the first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The first printing sold out before publication, catching the publisher off guard. They had failed to file a copyright, and overseas competitors immediately flooded the market with knockoffs. This was Potter’s first lesson in protecting her intellectual property, a lifelong battle that transformed her into a very savvy businesswoman. As her work grew in popularity, she had opportunities  to merchandise and license her characters, and Potter was involved every step of the way. For a Jemima Puddle-Duck stuffed animal (see below image), she ensured the entire toy was copyrighted, right down to the fabric used for its fur.

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Jemima Puddle-Duck doll, ca. 1910(?). Cotsen Children’s Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Princeton University Library.

Potter’s unusual childhood and affluent family laid the foundation for her adult success, but her unique, nature-focused approach to illustration coupled with her remarkable determination and resolve were keys to creating an imaginative world that transcends time, place and age. Over 100 years later, her books have sold over 100 million copies and been translated into 35 languages. Though her earnings weren’t huge by today’s standards, she invested her money back into the land, buying a hill-top farm and devoting much of the rest of her life to the conservation of the environment that inspired her work. Despite being labeled a spinster by Victorian society — she didn’t marry until age 47 — she built an empire that was rare for anyone at the time, let alone a woman.

Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters is currently on exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum until January 27, 2013. 

Header image information: Beatrix Potter with Her Pet Mouse Xarifa, 1885. Cotsen Children’s Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Princeton University Library. Photography: Princeton University Library.

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3 Featured Comments

  • maclancy

    Marianne Clancy from maclancy said 4 years ago Featured

    Beatrix epitomized the creative spirit of a young woman with not only proficient technical illustration skills but a fanciful and heartfelt love of animals. I think Beatrix followed her dreams and for that we as her fans are the luckiest people in the world! Thank you so much for that feature of one of history's heroines!!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 4 years ago Featured

    Thank you for this great post about one of my favorite writers and artists! For those who did not yet know her story, I hope it serves as an inspiration. For long-time fans like myself, it serves as a reminder to follow your heart and it will lead you to your true life-path. I so love that she did not listen to the conventional wisdom of the time and did things in the way she found to be the most true to herself. Oh, that we should all remember to do the same!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago Featured

    Beatrix Potter was an amazing artist and a woman ahead of her time. I love her work and admire her courage and vision. She's an inspiration to me as an artist, businesswoman, and a lover of nature and animals. Thank you for the lovely article!

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  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    What a woman!!!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    Really interesting information to learn about Beatrix Potter!

  • jibbyandjuna

    genevieve williamson from jibbyandjuna said 4 years ago

    What an encouragement to make your own way despite trends and the expectations of others! Love this post!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a great story! I remember these books as a child and its great to learn about the woman behind it :)

  • margaretjeske

    Margaret Jeske from TheCountryBluebird said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter's drawings are so beautiful!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 4 years ago

    What a great story. I have no idea she was such a trail blazer. I really appreciate you sharing it.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Loved her books as a child. Great story. The movie with Renee Zelwegger is good too.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    I thoroughly recommend the movie "Miss Potter" for a delightful retelling of her life story.

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo said 4 years ago

    So intriguing. Her stories are very loved in our home~

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 4 years ago

    Doing your own thing has a lot to do with bucking the trend. In Miss Potters time it had to do with her putting her own interests before the expectations of married life. These days it has more to do with the courage of pitching ones potential against the seeming security of a steady job.

  • EmSewCrazy

    Emily from EmSewCrazy said 4 years ago

    Wow! What an amazing story. I loved her books growing up and it's neat to hear the story behind them! What an amazing woman!

  • marinta

    Marina Bancheva from aBanchOfFashion said 4 years ago

    Peter Rabbit was my favorite tale when i was a kid!!! I just LOVE Mrs Potter ♥

  • lofficinadelsorriso

    katia from lecivettepettegole said 4 years ago

    i love peter rabbit! thanks for sharing!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    What a great story. I have been in love with the books for so many years. And then the movie Ms. Potter came out and I fell in love with the writer's story. She was a wonderful woman.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDConnection from TheIDconnection said 4 years ago

    Oh I just love her and her books!

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 4 years ago

    Love her books!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Interesting story!

  • gotowrist

    Camel Lee from gotowrist said 4 years ago

    an amazing woman!i love this story and love her books!

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes said 4 years ago

    love her books and her gorgeous illustrations~

  • zzknitz

    Zareena from LuvCrocheting said 4 years ago

    I had no idea of how interesting her story was. Thank you for enlightening me.

  • TheBloomingHare

    Gretchen Ellen Powers from TheBloomingHare said 4 years ago

    I've been in love with the tales of Beatrix Potter since I was a child. She was a talented and amazing person.

  • eastwitching

    Alison Fennell from eastwitching said 4 years ago

    Fascinating, inspiring and I especially love the photo of her with her rabbit on a lead!

  • shopworndesigns

    shopworndesigns from ShopwornDesigns said 4 years ago

    That was very interesting reading. I didn't know anything about her until now. What a Great Woman. Thank you for the article. ShopwornDesigns.

  • maclancy

    Marianne Clancy from maclancy said 4 years ago Featured

    Beatrix epitomized the creative spirit of a young woman with not only proficient technical illustration skills but a fanciful and heartfelt love of animals. I think Beatrix followed her dreams and for that we as her fans are the luckiest people in the world! Thank you so much for that feature of one of history's heroines!!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 4 years ago Featured

    Thank you for this great post about one of my favorite writers and artists! For those who did not yet know her story, I hope it serves as an inspiration. For long-time fans like myself, it serves as a reminder to follow your heart and it will lead you to your true life-path. I so love that she did not listen to the conventional wisdom of the time and did things in the way she found to be the most true to herself. Oh, that we should all remember to do the same!

  • Peachygirl

    ShabbyFrenchChateau from Peachygirl said 4 years ago

    That's a very inspiring account of Beatrix Potter that I had never seen or imagined before. Quite a story, thank you!

  • KingdomKards

    Laurie Tiscione from KingdomKards said 4 years ago

    Her stories are such classics and her illustrations span over generations! They are loved and cherished.

  • OopisNein

    Gretchen Lewis from OopisNein said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter is one of my all-time heroes, and has been a huge inspiration for me since I was a child. I was really pleased to come across this article this morning! (:

  • papermoondesigns

    Paula Lovell from papermoondesigns said 4 years ago

    A woman before her time! I love to read anything I come across about her. She was such a wonderful imagination tonic to my four children. Hail to Beatrix!

  • lindaloos

    linda from LindaloosKnitKnacks said 4 years ago

    i love everything about this lady reading her books as a child, i too have a collection of her books which i read to my children who are all grown up now im reading them to my grand children ;-) nice article with nice memories x

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • HappyWhoos

    Jessie Friedman from HappyWhoos said 4 years ago

    Such an amazing woman! She has inspired me with my art immensely!

  • NaturalVintage

    Amy from NaturalVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article-thank you! I've admired her (works) since I was a child.

  • TLCLyn

    Lynda from TLCLyn said 4 years ago

    A very nice article tribute to an incredible woman.

  • wardances

    Marlee said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article! It is an inspiration to all of us who are dreamers, as it seems Ms. Potter was.

  • robinandthesage

    Delila from woodlandjewelries said 4 years ago

    her original paintings from her story books are incredibly beautiful and so tiny! few years ago i had a opportunity to visit in her Hill Top cottage and it was such amazing place to be in. she is still such a inspiring person and had her own way to live her life. i love her down to earth way to live in the countryside.

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 4 years ago

    Great article. I grew up with Beatirix Potter. I used to make my grandma read "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggywinkle" over and over! She really did create timeless works. Loved reading this, thank you!

  • PetiteCo

    Vanessa from PetiteCo said 4 years ago

    she is such an inspiration, still today :) I feel quite connected to her, as I am an illustrator as well

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    I grew up reading her books this was a very interesting article and from reading all of this she was a very smart woman.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago Featured

    Beatrix Potter was an amazing artist and a woman ahead of her time. I love her work and admire her courage and vision. She's an inspiration to me as an artist, businesswoman, and a lover of nature and animals. Thank you for the lovely article!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter an amazing woman ! Thanks for the article !

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    I loved Beatrix Potter's books as a child full of colourful pictures! It's great to see her life celebrated here : )

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter has long been a personal inspiration for us. Thank you for sharing some of her story here -the photographs are amazing!

  • woolnimals

    Abby Emerson from Woolnimals said 4 years ago

    I have long adored and been inspired by Beatrix Potter...thanks for this lovely article.

  • boutiquebohem

    Kim from BoutiqueBohem said 4 years ago

    An inspiration for all women.

  • MrsMTS

    MrsMTS said 4 years ago

    I have a set of her books in my classroom, and they have always been a favorite of my students. True classics to be admired by all ages.

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this article. Beatrix Potter was a childhood favorite. I always especially loved Mrs. Tiggywinkle.

  • MadameKoiteh

    MadameKoiteh from MadameKoiteh said 4 years ago

    Well-written article on a remarkable lady! A great inspiration for today.

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY said 4 years ago

    Incredible story and what a woman! To press on and run with her ideas, in those times! I can understand why she would be a tough business woman!

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa said 4 years ago

    (She has cute illustrations.) I bet every body on Etsy has a cool children's book up their sleeve. Never know might be a hit. I am giving mine a chance.

  • GourmetHandbags

    Sonya from GourmetHandbags said 4 years ago

    Such an amazing story about an amazing woman! Great read!

  • swingkitten

    Laura from swingkitten said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article. I have always admired Beatrix Potter's art and books.

  • Redmouse15

    Nga Dinh from NgaDinhArt said 4 years ago

    Amen!!! Powerful and Smart Women Rule!

  • browniequilts

    Amy Brown from BrownieGifts said 4 years ago

    LOVE this Blog! I use a set of Beatrix Potter Books as a Prop in all of my Diaper Clutch listings! She is truly inspiring and certainly comes to my mind when thinking of All Things Baby!

  • PaperThyme

    Arlene and Emily from PaperThyme said 4 years ago

    I just saw this show at The Morgan last week- it was amazing!! I was so excited to see this posting!

  • FoxInTheBox

    FoxInTheBox from FoxInTheBox said 4 years ago

    Amazing story!

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 4 years ago

    Great article on a trailblazing woman, who with her seeming innate sense of success, spoke to the innocence of childhood via the innocence of the animal kingdom amidst the milieu of the natural world!

  • reets612

    Rita Scott from RitasGarden said 4 years ago

    I always love reading about women who lived extraordinary lives in a time when it was definitely out of the norm to have a life outside of being a wife and mother. I especially love all Beatrix's illustrations of animals. Adorable!

  • theopulentnest

    Jennifer Lambein from TheOpulentNest said 4 years ago

    I LOVED this story! I license my work, and can def relate to the unfortunate worry of people stealing or copying your work! She seems like an amazing woman. Thanks for posting!!

  • emichats

    emichats said 4 years ago

    Despite the difficulties presented to her because of her times and personal issues, she persevered. A great role model for today!

  • ArtsyHAM

    Acacia from AcaciaHopeArt said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter has always been one of my heroes in life. She is a wonderful inspiration.

  • CraftinaT

    Tina Thorndycraft from CraftinaT said 4 years ago

    I've been obsessed with b for yours... wonderful that you did a story on her!!

  • LyonsCreations

    Ellen Lyons Nagel from LyonsCreations said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Special lady and wonderful talent.

  • Sophiehines

    Sophie hines from Sophiehines said 4 years ago

    I always wished I had the drive + patience to so closely follow one interest from such an early age!! My creativity is much more scatterbrained!!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 4 years ago

    Bringing back a lot of memories♥

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter was a true trailblazer for women, artistically and as a shrewd businesswoman. Even though adults seem to want sugar-coated children's books, she also didn't shy away from the darker themes of nature.

  • SundayOwl

    Lisa from SundayOwl said 4 years ago

    I just love Beatrix Potter. Sweet story.

  • pennybrownbridal

    Rachel White from PennyBrownBridal said 4 years ago

    Since I was a little'un I always remembered the beautiful whimsy and the faded yet vivid (weird I know) colours of the animals and their adorable clothes! The cornflower blue waist coat most of all! Such an inspirational woman, artist and story teller :)

  • CurlyGator

    Molly Ford-Coates from CurlyGator said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I didn't know anything about her background. I find it fascinating!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 4 years ago

    Yes, what a woman! I'm sure there's much more to her story, too...

  • thenakedbird

    Brooke Griffin from GideonAndBrisby said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter is my FAVORITE! she has greatly inspired my work with her fantastical stories and exquisite watercolors. And I've always admired what an independent and smart woman she was! I just wrote a blog about her a month or so ago on my blog. how funny. I'm so happy to see a classic artist and writer featured here. It was because of women like her that women today are taken seriously as writers and makers.

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 4 years ago

    I love Beatrix Potter. She actually donated (I believe) over 4000 acres to the British Land Trust. What an amazing woman - for her time and our times!

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 4 years ago

    Wow, I did not realize that Beatrix was such a formidable force! Besides being a spinner of beautifully woven tales, she was also a savvy business person who understood the value of her work. Impressive and influential!

  • MauiAndHerOwl

    MauiAndHerOwl from MauiAndHerOwl said 4 years ago

    Wow - I never knew any of that. Really cool post!

  • stephaniemw

    Stef Whitehead said 4 years ago

    http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/ is the website for the "World of Beatrix Potter Attraction" in England. Very cool!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    There is a wonderful but little-known 2006 film starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor called Miss Potter. It is a heartwarming and beautiful tale of how the first story collection was published.

  • mrichards7171

    Mary from folklove said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this great story! Oh, to be one of those lucky kids who got the picture letters. I absolutely love the one that is shown here!

  • BellasBeautifulLife

    Bella Montreal from BellasBeautifulLife said 4 years ago

    I was pleasantly surprised to find this Etsy blog post about Beatrix Potter, — an artist and writer who I admire very much — but I was also disappointed to discover that some of the information is incorrect. If you would like to learn more about Beatrix Potter and her intriguing life I would suggest reading BEATRIX POTTER: A LIFE IN NATURE.

  • NakedRatDestash

    Julie from NakedRatDestash said 4 years ago

    Very nice Story. I really enjoyed reading about Beatrix Potter. Love her illustrations.

  • seafairiesjewelbox

    Marion from seafairiesjewelbox said 4 years ago

    So nice to see this article about a wonderful writer, artist, and inspiration! Thank you!

  • bronnylouise

    bronwyn said 4 years ago

    I grew up loving her children's books and dreamed of a life like hers. Only yesterday I watched Miss Potter - a lovely movie about her life. I also learned from this what an extraordinary woman she was. Any fans who haven't seen it should watch. Thanks for reminding all of us that we can make a difference, however small it may be.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    Love strong successful women.... :)

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin said 4 years ago

    Amazing story. I loved her books, thanks for sharing this great story!

  • silversorbetdesigns

    Melissa from silversorbetdesigns said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter is one of my heroines :-) what an amazing women

  • summermollee

    Sydney Neblett from DreamsAchievement said 4 years ago

    Such an inspiring story. Thank you

  • rinamiriam

    Rina Miriam Drescher from rinamiriam said 4 years ago

    Motivating! Her work is still fascinating.

  • sewella

    Maya Kuzman from sewella said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the post! The film about her is amazing!

  • eclecticintuition

    Denise & Lizzie from ClassicTableware said 4 years ago

    This is a fascinating blog! Thank you for posting ;~)

  • TheWellSeasonedNest

    Karen from TheWellSeasonedNest said 4 years ago

    So nice to learn more about a woman whose work I have long loved. And to know she was an astute businesswoman makes me admire her all the more. Thanks for this!

  • tkrauss

    Tamar Maerim Yunger said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for writing such a lovely article, very inspiring :)

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Great story!

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 4 years ago

    The letter to Noel is exquisite. What a lovely post, thank you!

  • orangeandgray

    Kristina Marie from TheRuthAndPearl said 4 years ago

    I loved her stories as a child, and I love learning about her now, as an adult. I would love to visit her museum in the Lake District. Oh, sweet dreams!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard from GollyBard said 4 years ago

    an extraordinary artist!

  • OhDearViolet

    Kathi Roussel from OhDearViolet said 4 years ago

    Beatrix was an extraordinary woman-- thanks for such an inspiring feature!

  • shoplucilles

    shoplucilles from shoplucilles said 4 years ago

    this is most educational! I always loved Peter Rabbit but never really learned much about Beatrix herself. I had no idea she was such a savvy businesswoman!

  • redyellowandblueink

    Bird Muse from RedYellowAndBlueInk said 4 years ago

    Such a lovely and inspiring post!

  • Bostonstclair

    Emma st clair Smith from BostonStClair said 4 years ago

    such an amazing woman :)

  • sfennell

    Susan Fennell from sfennell said 4 years ago

    She's an inspiration. Her watercolors have been a favorite for years - and continue to be!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects said 4 years ago

    I have loved her work for many, many years.

  • bibiworldnet

    Bibi Bibiworld from bibiworld said 4 years ago

    I never knew anything about Beatrix until people started "comparing" my ideas to her. She's an English icon, a dreamer and fighter. Love the movie which was made about her.

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 4 years ago

    Fascinating story . Thank you for sharing this !!

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez said 4 years ago

    Inspiring!!

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 4 years ago

    Great story, my kids lover her books.

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame said 4 years ago

    Thank you for the info. I was not aware of her story. What a wonderful lady and inspiration to all.

  • virginijapetrosiute

    virginija petrosiute from virgaism said 4 years ago

    thank you for the post, very warm and interesting

  • yeanminimay

    Yean Giazzi from MinimayMemento said 4 years ago

    Loved peter rabbit since a child. watched the movie which inspired me to explore my creative side, hence joined Etsy. Excellent post.

  • JackieGinKC

    Jacqueline Grawe from JackieGraweArt said 4 years ago

    Perseverance... a must as a business women.

  • AdalheidisAMJ

    Alicja Maria Jaczewska from AdalheidisAMJ said 4 years ago

    thank you for this article, believe it or not -I've never heard of Ms. Potter before, and I am fascinated by her now :) it was a great read, thanks!

  • ElainaLouiseStudios

    Lisa Steiner from ElainaLouiseStudios said 4 years ago

    Fantastic story! I've loved her work for years.

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery said 4 years ago

    Oh, thank you for this article. I once visited the place in England where she used to live and write, there is a museum there. THat area is beautiful at the lake and inspiriring and I really wished I would knew her!:))))

  • craftyintrigue

    Daphne from CraftyIntrigue said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this article. It is very inspiring. I had heard of her but wasn't that familiar with her work.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this article on Beatrix Potter. It is interesting that she liked rabbits even as a child. And I did not know that she did not like her art lessons!

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries said 4 years ago

    Sweet! thank you for this.

  • TheOrangeOwl

    Anne from TheOrangeOwl said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Beatrix Potter was not only a wonderful author and artist but she was a trailblazer and woman ahead of her time! I have always loved her books and the movie, Miss Potter, was very sweet. Thank you for a great article and shining a light on her!

  • DoveBlanco

    Cynthia from DoveBlanco said 4 years ago

    Beatrix Potter; I have alway loved her drawings & paintings and her beautiful stories & books! As a former preschool teacher I have experienced the peaceful attentiveness that fillls a classroom when her books are being read. Thank-you for this article, I have found an even greater love and appreciation for Miss Beatrix Potter.

  • EurekaGuides

    Eureka Internet Guides from EurekaGuides said 4 years ago

    I became interested in Beatrix Potter's work because of her botanical paintings as this is what I was learning to do myself. Later I bought lots of ceramic pieces with her illustrations for my children as special mementos. She truly was an inspirational woman.

  • piecesofelises

    Elise from piecesofelises said 4 years ago

    It's nice to learn more about her story. Very inspiring!

  • thedarkwithin

    F. Sousa from FatPurpleBird said 4 years ago

    I used to cry when I was a child when I watched the animated version of some of her stories. They were so beautiful ! :) A truly inspirational person.

  • rebeccascreations

    Rebecca Dufilie from rebeccascreations said 4 years ago

    ~ ~ ~~ ~~ ~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~ ~ ~ Thank you for having this article here to read. I have often thought about writing a book about my cats and their personalities etc.

  • TealPoodle

    TealPoodle from TealPoodle said 3 years ago

    I loved her books growing up. She was such a powerful woman that inspired so many of us.

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