Beatrix Potter

July 28, 1866 – Birthdate of Beatrix Potter, English author and illustrator (d. 1943).

Helen Beatrix Potter was also a natural scientist and conservationist.  She was best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Potter was born into a wealthy Unitarian family. She and her younger brother Walter Bertram grew up with few friends outside their large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature, and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

Shown below is a British postage stamp commemorating Potter and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  The stamp was issued on July 11, 1979 as part of a set of 4 stamps honoring The Year of The Child and also included children’s authors Kenneth Grahame, A.A. Milne and Lewis Carroll.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit


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