Beatrix Potter

An original illustration of Peter Rabbit, 1902. Author-Beatrix Potter

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist; she was best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Born into an upper-middle-class household, Potter was 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.

Potter self-published the highly successful children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Following this, Potter began writing and illustrating children’s books full-time.

Potter wrote thirty books; the best known being her twenty-three children’s tales.

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Illustrations for ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’, The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle
Dust jacket from ‘Ginger and Pickles’, 1906.
Illustration from ‘Ginger and Pickles’, 1906.