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Portrait of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Past event archive
5 May 2019, 12:30

Room 31


  • Talks and Lectures

Beatrix Potter
by Delmar Banner
NPG 3635

Writer, artist and conservationist. Informally educated, Potter spent hours drawing in the Natural History Museum. Her children's stories, which she wrote and illustrated, began as letters to a child. The anthropomorphic characters of her Tales, Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tom Kitten, display an unsentimental observation of human nature. They have achieved international recognition, continuously published by Warne, and reproduced in ceramic, animated film and ballet. Potter farmed in the Lake District and was passionate about preserving the landscape and culture, bequeathing her 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.