Display Monday, 15 August 2022 – Monday, 19 June 2023

Beatrix Potter and 'Aesop in the Shadows'

In this display, uncover Beatrix Potter’s animal fables

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Monday, 15 August 2022 – Tuesday, 27 June 2023

  • Leighton, Room 102, V&A South Kensington

  • Free event

This display explores Beatrix Potter’s interest in Aesop’s animal fables. From the 1890s Potter reimagined and illustrated some of the fables in her own way. She revisited some of her earlier ideas when planning stories such as "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse", which she dedicated to ‘Aesop in the Shadows’.

Background image: Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), Johnny Town-Mouse visiting Timmy Willie, about 1918, watercolour, sepia ink and pencil on paper © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy of Frederick Warne & Co Ltd.