Beatrix Potter Exhibition – Mottisfont 2016


Photo of: Beatrix Potter at the age of 15, with her Spaniel Spot.

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acres of the Lake District land by Potter, to protect for future generations – has said the artwork, including some unpublished drawings and watercolours, is “rarely exhibited outside of their permanent home in the Lake District” due to light sensitivity.


Photo of: An illustration of Peter Rabbit and bunny friend in a red shawl.

The exhibition, featuring about 30 original pieces, is being held to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth.


Photo of: An illustration of Two Bad Mice, stealing something from the mantlepiece.

The exhibition also includes some unpublished artworks and a set of rare vintage Beatrix Potter dolls and figurines, including a Steiff Peter Rabbit and a Mr.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


Photo of: An illustration of Mrs Tiggy-winkle, the hedgehog, dutifully ironing.

I would have loved to see this exhibition (financial/poor health constraints, it’s a few hundred miles away) – maybe next time?


Photo of: An illustration from Squirrel Nutkin; the Wise Owl and 5 squirrel siblings.


The rights of the pictures

The watercolour illustrations – Beatrix Potter\Frederick Warne & Co

Photographic portrait of the young Beatrix – National Trust Images



About Oscar Dandelion

Hi, I'm Faith McCord, writer of the Oscar Dandelion books. I love reading, writing, watching films, looking at architecture and general design, embroidery (especially Elizabethan), spending time with my family. I used to enjoy long walks, bodybuilding, going out, however, since my injury my mobility is seriously impaired, so I'm more of a home-body now. I'm interested in meeting other indie / pro writers, so do say 'Hello' ! :)
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4 Responses to Beatrix Potter Exhibition – Mottisfont 2016

  1. I visited Grasmere back in ’94! A memorable few days. Thanks for the memories. Xx

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  2. Oh thank you Faith, my daughter lives quite close to Mottisfont, and I did not know this exhibition was on! It is a lovely house if you ever get this way. I have never been to her property in the Lake District, but I love her pictures they are delightful. Thanks for sharing.

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