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Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis); Rupert Potter; Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley

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Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis); Rupert Potter; Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, by Rupert Potter, 11 September 1906 - NPG P1823 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis); Rupert Potter; Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley

by Rupert Potter
albumen print, 11 September 1906
6 1/2 in. x 8 3/8 in. (164 mm x 214 mm)
Purchased, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1823

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  • Rupert Potter (1832-1914), Barrister and photographer; father of Beatrix Potter. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Rawnsley visited the Potters during their holidays in nearby Lingholm, where this photograph was taken. Rawnsley's conservationist ideas profoundly influenced the young Beatrix Potter. In 1905, following the financial success of her first book, she purchased the first of many farms and acres of land in the Lake District, which she gave to the National Trust. Also a published writer, Rawnsley encouraged Beatrix in her literary ambitions. By the time of this photograph, she had published eight books.

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