Beatrix Potter did a lot more than write children’s books about rabbits, and a new exhibit at the Armitt Museum in Ambleside, U.K. shows what a varied career she had. Dwelling in Britain’s Lake District, Ms. Potter worked as a sheep farmer, scientist, conservationist, artist and illustrator as well as a writer.
News of the Potter exhibit opening was reported in the North-West Evening Mail. Here are some highlights:
Beatrix Potter, who died in 1943, was also an astute businesswoman who led the way in branding and licensing by patenting the first Peter Rabbit doll and merchandise.
Museum curators hope to shed light on these lesser-known elements of her life in the Lake District in the early 20th century, with their show Beatrix Potter – Image and Reality.
It features scientific paintings and drawings from the museum’s collection, with new items previously held by the National Trust and her publisher, Frederick Warne. Beatrix’s own personal first editions of the ‘little’ books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, will also be on show.
Museum director Graham Kilner said the exhibition would highlight the life of a woman who did many extraordinary things in her life.
He said: “She is known for so many different reasons and because of her many different talents. It’s fascinating to see how she reinvented herself over her lifetime.
“We will also feature the interesting characters in her life – significant friends and family and people who helped her along the way, from the artist Millais and Liberal reformer John Bright to the naturalist Charles McIntosh and the founder of the National Trust, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.
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Of course, it was the story of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter Rabbit, living in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree with their mother that not only brought fame and fortune to Beatrix Potter, it also helped countless children around the world develop a love for bunnies.
If you would like to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit, it is available online from Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14838/14838-h/14838-h.htm