6 of 6 portraits of Beatrix Potter
by Delmar Banner
oil on canvas, 1938
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Given by Delmar Banner, 1948
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- Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis) (1866-1943), Children's writer and book illustrator. Sitter in 6 portraits.
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The children's writer and artist Beatrix Potter was the creator of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and many other animal characters which have survived their Edwardian origins to become international classics of children's literature. Her life as a Lake District hill sheep farmer is reflected in the background of the painting by her friend and neighbour, Delmar Banner. Given by the artist, 1948.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 45
- Bennett, Sue, Five Centuries of Women and Gardens, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 October 2000 to 21 January 2001), p. 140
- Ecclesshare, Julia, Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children's Writers, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 May to 26 August 2002), p. 13
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 113
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 502
- Tremain, Rose (essay), BP Portrait Award 2010, 2010 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 24 June to 19 September 2010), p. 12
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children's Writers (15 May 2002 - 26 August 2002)
- Escape to Eden (5 October 2000 - 21 January 2001)
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Events of 1938back to top
Current affairsBritain pursues its policy of appeasement. At the Munich Agreement, Britain, France and Italy agreed to allow Hitler to seize the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. The agreement was seen at the time as a triumph for peace, with Neville Chamberlain returning home brandishing the paper agreement and saying 'peace for our time.' Within six months Germany had occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
Art and scienceGraham Greene publishes Brighton Rock. The novel follows the decent of Pinky, a teenage gang leader in Brighton's criminal underworld. The book examines the criminal mind and explores the themes of morality and sin - recurrent concerns for the Roman Catholic Author. Glasgow hosts the Empire Exhibition; an £11 million celebration of the British Empire visited by 13 million people.
InternationalIn its pursuit of 'Lebensraum' (living space), Germany annexes Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia with little opposition from the League of Nations. At home, the Nazis continued their escalating persecution of the Jews with 'Kristallnach' (the Night of Broken Glass), attacking Jewish homes, shops, businesses and synagogues, and taking Jewish men to concentration camps.
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On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery