Exhibition On now until Sunday, 8 January 2023

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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  • On now until Sunday, 8 January 2023

  • The Porter Gallery

  • £14.00

    Discount for under 26s.
    Other concessions apply.

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This family friendly exhibition takes visitors on a journey to discover Potter's life as a scientist and conservationist and explores the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In collaboration 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
drawing
Sketch of the garden at Gwaynynog, Denbigh, by Beatrix Potter, probably March 1909, watercolour over pencil. . 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
Illustrated letter
Illustrated letter, from Beatrix Potter to Walter Gaddum, 6 March 1897, ink on paper. Museum no. Linder Bequest BP.876(I). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd

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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature book

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature book

Packed with much-loved characters, botanical drawings, humorous picture letters to friends, Lake District watercolours and rarely seen photographs

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Beatrix Potter water lily tote bag

Beatrix Potter water lily tote bag

Cotton tote bag featuring a sumptuous waterlily design

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Mrs. Rabbit and Her Family by Beatrix Potter print

Mrs. Rabbit and Her Family by Beatrix Potter print

Charming pencil sketch showing Mrs. Rabbit and her offspring

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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
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Background image: Peter Rabbit. © National Trust Images