Lunchtime Lecture: Caught on Camera: The Photographic Work of Rupert and Beatrix Potter

Past event archive
2 October 2014, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


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Writer and historian Michael Wilson looks at the work of Rupert Potter and his daughter Beatrix, both talented amateur photographers. 

Photography had its beginnings in early 19th century France and soon attracted the amateur, as it did not require lengthy training. Rupert Potter became an enthusiast and purchased the latest equipment. He developed the portrait study to a high pitch of excellence. Amongst his most notable sitters were his daughter Beatrix, his friend the artist John Everett Millais, and notabilities such as Gladstone. He also produced a number of poetic landscapes. Rupert  shared his interest with Beatrix, whose photographic output was also of a high quality.

Michael Wilson was formerly Senior Curator in the National Art Library at the V&A. His publications include The English Country House and its Furnishings, and biographies of William Kent and Nicholas Lanier (first Master of the King’s Music). His book Happy and Glorious: the Revolution of 1688 will be published in October 2014. A lifelong interest in the work of Beatrix Potter led him to study the photographic work of her father and in 2000 he gave the Linder Lecture to the Beatrix Potter Society on the subject of their joint contribution to photography.

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