I Want to be a Beatrix

I love this woman for so many reasons.

She loved her pet rabbits, mice, lizards, dogs and hedgehog like they were her friends.

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Beatrix, age nine.    Photo from The Art of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach and Steven Heller:  Chronicle Books

As a young woman, she became an ignored expert in mycology. Her mushroom drawings are still used today.

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Amanita vaginatus drawing from Linda Lear’s wonderful biography, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

When no publisher would print her first little books, so she self-published them with her own money.

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She stayed loyal to her dead fiance’s family publishing business (Warne) despite a scandal, out of her love for him, his sister and his mother.

She bought a farm (Hill Top) and worked it, despite her city upbringing.

She donated thousands of acres of land to a national land trust to preserve its beauty.

She raised prize-winning Herdwick sheep and became an expert on raising, breeding and showing them.

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Beatrix wearing Herdwick wool tweeds, photo from Linda Lear’s biography. Beatrix Potter A Life in Nature

She loved nature with her whole heart.  She shared this love and her land with Girl Guide groups in the summers.

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Cover of The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings and Illustrations by Emily Zach and Steven Heller

Oh yes, I almost forgot.  She also could write, draw and paint really well.

FLOWER is a Beatrix fan. (and a bunny fan)

 

10 thoughts on “I Want to be a Beatrix

  1. I love Beatrx Potter!! I loved reading her books to my kids more for myself than for them really – just so I could enjoy the beautiful feel good illustrations, I would imagine myself living in the gardens and woods that she depicted. Ms Potter sounds like a lady ahead of her times that’s for sure!! Thanks for sharing these little insignts on a very special lady.

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  2. Ohh! I couldn’t agree more! I just love her and her work! She’s been one of the most inspiring people in the world. My favourite coffee mugs show Peter Rabbit 😉 I even tried to draw a bit like her…😄 Thank you for this lovely share! Sarah 😄

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