Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 12 February 2022

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Celebrating the life and work of one of the best loved children's authors of the 20th century

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  • Opening on Saturday, 12 February 2022

  • The Porter Gallery

  • Tickets available soon

This family friendly exhibition will take visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In partnership with the National Trust.

Exhibition Highlights

drawing
View across Esthwaite Water, by Beatrix Potter, 21 November 1909. Linder Bequest. Museum no. BP.1079. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd
photograph
Beatrix Potter, aged 15, with her dog, Spot, by Rupert Potter, about 1880 – 01. Linder Bequest. Museum no. BP.1425. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd
drawing
Drawing, magnified studies of a ground beetle (Carabus nemoralis), by Beatrix Potter, about 1887. Linder Bequest. Museum no. BP.257. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd
Picture letter by Beatrix Potter sent to Noel Moore from Heath Park
Picture letter by Beatrix Potter sent to Noel Moore from Heath Park, Birnam, 21 August 1892. Courtesy of Princeton University Library
drawing
Sketch of the garden at Gwaynynog, Denbighshire (later home of the Flopsy Bunnies), by Beatrix Potter, probably March 1909. Given by the Linder Collection. Museum no. LC 27/B/3 . © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd
Watercolour
Watercolour, 'The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle', The Tailor of Gloucester artwork, by Beatrix Potter, 1902. © Tate
Man's court waistcoat
Man's court waistcoat, maker unknown, 1780s, English or French, inspired sketch by Beatrix Potter in 'The Tailor of Gloucester'. Museum no. 652A-1898. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
drawing
Drawing of a hedgehog, assumed to be Mrs Tiggy, by Beatrix Potter, about 1904. Linder Bequest. Museum no. BP.495. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd
design
Tailor of Gloucester endpaper, by Beatrix Potter, December 1903. Linder Bequest. Museum no. BP.460. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd
Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
Background image: Watercolour from The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter, 1908, England. Courtesy of National Trust and Frederick Warne & Co. Photo © National Trust Robert Thrift