Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis); William Heelis

1 portrait on display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis); William Heelis, by Clarence Edmund Fry & Son, 1913 - NPG P1824 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Beatrix Potter (Mrs Heelis); William Heelis

by Clarence Edmund Fry & Son
sepia-toned print, 1913
5 3/4 in. x 4 in. (147 mm x 102 mm)
Purchased, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1824


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This photograph was taken on the occasion of the engagement of Potter to Heelis. They married on 15 October 1913. No photographs of the wedding day exist, although Potter's father Rupert, a barrister and prolific amateur photographer, did photograph the couple the previous day in the back garden of the Potter family home in Kensington, London. The ceremony was a quiet one and took place in the local church of St Mary Abbots. A shared love of nature, the countryside, farming and the preservation of rural life contributed to their happy marriage of thirty years.

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