Beatrix Potter – Artist and Illustrator

Beatrix Potter by Olivia Waste

When Beatrix Potter was young she spent many happy holidays in Scotland and the Lake District.  It was on these long summer holidays that she developed a love of animals and nature and grew great inspiration for her art. She was very observant of all things in nature and began sketching insects, animals and plants […]

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Beatrix and her Secret Code

Beatrix Potter and her Secret Code

Little is known about Beatrix’s life in her early teens apart from summer holidays spent in Scotland and later The Lake District. As in her childhood she continued to live a solitary life in her attic quarters where her only company was her dolls and her animals and sometimes visits from several governesses. Her main activity […]

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Beatrix’s Childhood Affinity with Nature

Beatrix nature painting

Beatrix and her family spent 12 wonderful summers in Perthshire, Scotland. It was here her father enjoyed his fishing and his photography.  He invited one or two male friends to join him, including William Gaskell, together with John Bright and Sir John Everett Millais.  There is no doubt these gentlemen had a lasting influence on Beatrix […]

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The History of Steiff Plush Toys

Steiff Peter Rabbit

For several years Steiff have been producing characters from the Beatrix Potter Stories as Plush Animals and these have become very popular with children and adults alike.  Children love them as toys but they have become very popular with adults as Collector’s items. The Steiff Story is an amazing one of pluck and determination. Here […]

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