One of my favourite story authors and illustrators, Beatrix Potter, of whose books I read as a child, would have been 150 this year. To celebrate her work and birthyear, her art is being displayed at Mottisfont, near Romsey in Hampshire, until 18 September.
The National Trust, a charity, who owns the copyright to her stories – and who was given 4000 acres of the Lake District land by Potter, to protect for future generations – has said the artwork, including some unpublished drawings and watercolours, is “rarely exhibited outside of their permanent home in the Lake District” due to light sensitivity.
The exhibition, featuring about 30 original pieces, is being held to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth.
The exhibition also includes some unpublished artworks and a set of rare vintage Beatrix Potter dolls and figurines, including a Steiff Peter Rabbit and a Mr. McGregor doll, which has never previously been exhibited. – BBC
I would have loved to see this exhibition (financial/poor health constraints, it’s a few hundred miles away) – maybe next time?
The rights of the pictures
The watercolour illustrations – Beatrix Potter\Frederick Warne & Co
Photographic portrait of the young Beatrix – National Trust Images