Beatrix Potter is known all over the world as the creator of the Peter Rabbit stories. She is one of the most celebrated children's illustrator's of the century. But until the present day she has rarely been considered as an artist in her own right, for in many ways the outstanding success of her "little books" has overshadowed her other achievements.
Born in 1866, she was brought up in a well-to-do Victorian family connected with the contemporary art world. From an early age she was given private tuition in painting and drawing and she regularly visited London art galleries with her father.Yet her real training in art was the time she spent in meticulous practice, endless hours of sketching and copying plants, animals or country scenes. Her deep, instinctive love of the countryside was combined with a scientific interest in all aspects of natural history, and the natural world inspired every facet of her art.
For this volume Anne Stevens Hobbs, curator of the National Art Library's Beatrix Potter collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, has made a selection of Beatrix Potter's finest paintings and drawings, covering the whole range of her subjects and styles. There are early still-life studies, sketches of pets and places, microscopic paintings of insects and fungi, country views and interiors, fantasy pictures where humour verges on the surreal, as well as the miniature vignettes characteristic of her book illustrations and the impressionistic landscapes of her later years.
The acclaim accorded to her children's books gave Beatrix Potter the opportunity and confidence to develop her talent, but she always painted and drew to please herself. As Anne Hobbs shows, ' Many of her most original pieces, independently invented and untouched by publishers, were neither exhibited nor printed in her lifetime. Her essentially private and unshowy art demands, and deserves, close attention.'
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