The Wonderful World of Beatrix Potter

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Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was born into the world on the 28th July 1866. Her first name wasn't actually Beatrix but Helen, but this was dropped when she wrote her first book. Beatrix's family originally came from Manchester England, and Beatrix grew up in a privileged lifestyle. She had a younger brother with the name of Walter Bertram, and because they had many relatives, Beatrix and Walter kept to themselves and made few friends on the outside. They were both animal lovers, and between them kept numerous pets which they adored, often watching them or drawing their pictures.

Her parents were rather unconventional, being part of a Dissenting Protestant sect, and so Beatrix was socially discriminated against. This made her more determined to succeed as she grew older. Her grandfather was a Member of Parliament, and her father was a barrister. The family had an apartment in Kensington London, and this is where Beatrix was born. It seems that her mother was the one who came from the wealthy side, being a daughter of a wealthy cotton merchant and ship builder.


When they were both small children, they often went to Scotland and the Lake District in England, and this is where she developed her love of nature. Often sitting sketching or painting the animals that she so adored.

She never went to school, but had a succession of governess's throughout her younger years. For a girl of the 19th Century, she was well read in science, literature and languages. Most girls in those days never had the chance to go to school, and reading and writing was a luxury many children missed out on. Beatrix was also taught art, but preferred to develop at her own pace, and chose her own styles of painting.

The one thing that Beatrix was really interested in was archaeology, and along with fossils, she drew lots of sketches and watercolours. All aspects of nature drew her, and she became really fascinated by fungi spores, which drew the attention of the scientific establishment. It seems that Beatrix Potter was on the way to being well known as a scientifically minded woman, which was an incredible thing to be at this time.


Peter Rabbit Illustration by Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit Illustration by Beatrix Potter | Source
Beatrix Potter
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Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

It seems obvious that from an early age, Beatrix had a love of sketching and painting. Her talent had began to show when she was just 14 years old. She started a Diary and began to take notes and sketches of the world around her. The books she read, and the paintings that she adored always had a Fairy theme, and anything fantastical. She also a a great interest in the art of book illustrating, and after discovering the work of Randolph Caldecott an illustrator her father admired, this gave her the incentive to go on to experiment with her own ideas. At first she started drawing pictures of The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, and many other fairy tales. But she always came back to the animals that she loved. All her beloved pets, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits and kittens.

In the 1890s, as a way of earning money, Beatrix and her brother began to make Christmas Cards, and these were always illustrated with mice and rabbits. She became quite successful at selling her pieces, and went on to sell several of her drawings of her rabbit with the name of Benjamin bunny. Along with a book of rhymes, and a series of frog illustrations, this gave Beatrix the determination to write and illustrate her own books.

Nothing was to small to record. But it was when she went on holiday to The Lake District that the pictures and stories that we know so well today got started. Beatrix used to send her friends and relatives back in London, letters with their own illustrations on them, showing the world around her, the grasses and fields, little mice and rabbits, and all the other animals that we know her for today.

In September 1893, Beatrix was on holiday in Scotland, and knowing that Noel, the son of her former Governess, was ill, she started sending him letters. But soon she realised that she didn't have much to say, so she decided to write him a story with illustrations. Hence the story of 'four little rabbits, with the names Flopsy, Mopsy Cottontail and Peter' was born.

In 1901, Beatrix published her own book about Peter Rabbit, and this was seen by a commercial publisher by the name of Frederick Warne & Co. He asked her to re-draw the illustrations in color compared to the original in black and white. In 1902 the book became a success. The following year Beatrix Potter published The tale of Squirrel Nutkin and the Tailor of Gloucester, these had all been original letters that she had sent to her family.

Over the next few years, Beatrix put all her energy into producing twenty three books, but after World War 1 she decided to put her books aside and concentrate on her farming and sheep breeding, along with conservation.


The Beautiful Royal Ballet Film of The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter the Business Woman

In 1903, Beatrix produced her first Peter Rabbit doll. It was quickly followed by painting books, board games, even wallpaper with all her illustrations on them. She knew what she was doing, this was a new type of marketing and Beatrix took the country by storm. Soon she was making figurines and baby blankets, china tea sets and many other little collectables. All of these things were licensed by Frederick Warne, and in 1905, Beatrix and Frederick became engaged. Because he was 'in Trade' her family found him totally unsuitable, and sadly the marriage was not to be. Frederick died at the age of 37.

That same year, Beatrix used part of her inheritance and income to buy Hilltop Farm in Near Sawrey Lancashire, which is now a part of Cumbria. This area is in the English Lake District. She moved in and continued to write her stories.


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Later Life

She continued to write and draw, but by this time it was mainly for her own pleasure. Hill Top Farm, was a working farm and with so much work to be done, she hired the services of W.H Heelis & Son. In 1912, Beatrix became engaged to William Heelis and they married on 15 October 1913. They enjoyed a happy marriage that lasted 30 years, and even though they never had children, Beatrix became very close to Williams family, and especially to several nieces who she took under her wing and helped to educate.

Beatrix died in 1943 at the age of 77, from pneumonia and heart disease. She left nearly all her wealth and property to the National Trust. Hers was the largets gift of money ever given to them, and this great amount helped the preservation of the lands now known as the Lake District. Her husband died in 1945, and once again he gave the rest of the property to the National Trust.


Beatrix Potter Hill Top Farm
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The Legacy of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter left most of her work to the National Trust. But she also donated the Copyright of her stories and merchandise to her publisher Frederick Warne and Company which is now a part of the Penguin Group, books for children. Her folios of mycological drawings went to The Armitt Library in Ambleside. The Tate Gallery and the British museum also own part of her work. Her letters that contained the wonderful stories and pictures can now be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in the United States of America, in the Special Collections of The Free library of Philadelphia, and the Lloyd Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University.

And I believe most importantly, children can read her wonderful books all over the world. I am sure that when Beatrix Potter sent that first letter to her Governess, and her son, little did she realise the impact that she would make on the world.


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Beatrix Potter Glossary of Children's Books

The Tale of Peter Rabbit 1902,The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 1903,The Tailor of Gloucester 1903,The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 1904,The Tale of Two Bad Mice 1904,The Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle 1905,The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan 1905,The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher 1906,The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit 1906,The Story of Miss Moppet 1906,The Tale of Tom Kitten 1907,The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck 1908,The Tale of Samual Whiskers or The Roly Poly Pudding 1908,The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies 1909,The Tale of Ginger and Pickles 1909,The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse 1910,The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes 1911,The Tale of Mr. Tod 1912,The Tale of Pigling Bland 1913,Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes 1917,The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse 1918,Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes 1922,The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 1930



Beatrix Potter's Tom Kitten

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and beautiful! I loooooved the Beatrix Potter books when I was a little girl. Especially the one with the hedgehog (porcupine?). Such a wonderful author, we need more of her. And of course, more of you, Nell! :)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, kitty, thanks for being so quick! lol this took me days to write, purely because I re-discovered the wonderful royal ballet video! ha ha I love the frog dancing on the lilly pads,and fishing on the pond, and then ended up watching all of it! took me straight back to when I was small, and the memory has never gone away! thanks again nell


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I used to love some of those books you mentioned, like of course Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Mr. Todd. I can't really remember the others. I am looking at the list and for the life of me the others don't ring any bells. Thanks for the info Nell. Thumbs up!


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Nell this is so well written, you have done a brilliant job here. I only can hope that some day someone would take interest to write on me.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is one of the great things about HP. Learning about a remarkable woman like Beatrix Potter. Never heard of her before and might never have. What a wonderland of the imagination this artist inhabited. What a generous soul too. And yes, what would she have felt had she known the step that first letter was to portend for posterity. Tack Nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Cardisa, I know what you mean, I remembered the obvious ones, but didn't realise that she had written so many! Have you seen the royal ballet film? fantastic! ha ha couldn't stop watching it! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Qudsia, thanks so much, I am sure that one day there well be libraries full of books about you, it would be great wouldn't it? sometimes people start with a small thing like a letter, and end up writing loads of great books, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alastar, I think over here we all grew up on her books, Renee Zellweger played the role in the film, she was really good, amazing writer all because of a letter! thanks again for reading, cheers nell


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Ohhh... I grew up on those stories, and loved them. I had some of the books up until a few years back, when I let them go.

I have heard of most of those stories, but a few others, I had not.

I think The Tailor of Gloucester was one of my favorites..along with Mrs. TiggyWinkle.

Thanks for the fun memories! Danced all over your buttons.


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

I've been to Hill Top Farm and it is a beautiful spot in the Lake District, and the books really take me back to my childhood, Nell


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Beautiful stories from a very gifted lady, and Beatrix Potter is not so bad either.

Thanks Nell.


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Tatara 5 years ago from Asia

I love the movie!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information, Nell. Actually I never knew about her before. But from this hub I really know that she is a really great author. Thank you very much. Vote up as usual. Cheers...

Prasetio


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

My first writings were on a rabbit family so this is very interesting to me too. I know how they must have became real to her or like her babies as mine did. Now if I could discover I could draw....there might be hope for me yet. Great hub and of course I have heard of her but didn't know her story. So much happened in that time frame you know? My rabbit story is even from close to that time and I have children and families and the happenings in this certain region to build my stories on. Such a great time! I was just thinking that driving home and then I find this in the same time frame my mind and thoughts have been on in different people the last week or so. There is so much I want to write, I hope I can live to be 100 to write it all; and you too, our rose, of course.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

I used to love to read Beatrix Potter books to my kids when they were young. The stories were enchanting and her illustrations so beautiful. I did not know that she was such a marketer. A visit to her farm would be a real treat.


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kat11 5 years ago from Illinois

I always enjoyed the stories by Beatrix Potter. She was one of the best children story telling. Your hub had fantastic information about her and the novels she wrote. Great Job! voted up and found the hub interesting.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, DzyM, I don't remember some of them myself, but peter rabbit always stood out for me, and somewhere I still have the books, if only I could find them! lol thanks again nell


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

One of my favorites...and my daughter Kate's...great job, Nell~!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, CMHypno, I would love to visit there, I don't know what got me writing about this, I just had a short story hit my brain and this followed! lol I will publish that later, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, christopher, Aw thank you! lol I just had this overwhelming feeling I wanted to write about her, no idea where it came from! thanks again nell


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Very interesting! Since she never had children of her own -- I guess she adopted us all as we enjoy her books. My favorite baby gift to give is one of her animal figurines.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Tatara, I love it too! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, pras, yes she was a really popular childrens author even today children all over the world read her books, they are lovely, thanks so much as always, nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly, I would love to read your stories, I do know what you mean about writing loads of stories or hubs, I have one idea, then another and can't keep up with it! lol thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Dolores, I didn't realise that either, the fact that she was into science and archaeology etc, she was an amazing woman for her time, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, kat, thanks so much, I needed a bit of light hearted yesterday, and couldn't stop watching the videos! lol cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Audrey, I had the sudden urge to write about something child like! lol thanks again, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sally, they are lovely aren't they? I remember having a few small figures years ago, but they have got lost somewhere in transit, I would love to see the film again, it was a while ago that it was made, I shall have to go investigate! lol cheers nell


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very interesting Nell. I was happy to learn about her life, her books will always be remembered. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ruby, thanks I always remember reading her books when I was little, just fancied taking a stroll back in time! lol cheers nell


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I've discovered your hub as I have to dash out, but I am bookmarking it to savor it later. The photographs, the video....heavenly to look forward to later. I loved the movie.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

What a wonderful historical hub. Beatrix Potter books are wonderful and how clever she was to find a way to earn money at the turn of the century which was no easy task. This is a very interesting hub.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

My son adored Beatrix Potter's books when he was little. She is so talented.

A great write up, Nell. :)


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

amazing lady!! and great drawings, really inspiring!!

thanx for the hub nell!!

carrie


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Wonderful, Narrative Hub on the Life of Beatrix Potter, Neil. For a woman who never attended school, she was Amazing in what she accomplished with her life and her Books, which we all Treasure fondly. She probably would have been a Wonderful Mother had she been blessed...But instead she was a Mother to all who read and loved her books.


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wowedding 5 years ago from USA

An absolutely stunning woman! Thank you for your kind sharing!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Thanks Nell, for a truly pleasurable read. I enjoyed the biographical film of Beatrix'life. She was a truly unique and generous soul. Cheers, Gerry


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Nell this is an amzing hub which I bookmark and vote up. I have been to the cinema to watch her biography and I also have the book which i haven't read yet.

This is beautifully written and presented, you are indeed a very talented writer Nell.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Fascinating, unique woman and writer. I've loved her stories all my life. You've done a marvelous presentation of her life. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela, I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for reading it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela99, she was a remarkable lady wasn't she? especially in a time where most women stayed home and didn't work, her paintings and her studies were amazing, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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lilyfly 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Just delightful, Nell! I never got to read about Potter's menagerie, but I'll seek them out in the library. I did see a great movie about her life, very well done;For you my dear-watch spelling and punctuation, because I've never seen typos in your work. The bastards must be leaning hard on you. As for our Vodka Night, how about the 13th? I was born on the 13th, and everyone says it's so ill-omened, but it's always been a very lucky day for me...? I think it could be epic! Haha! Love yaz, sweetpea! lily


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ingenira, I still love them today, I think we all need a bit of childish wonder sometimes! lol thanks nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, carrie, glad you liked it, and thanks nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, b. Malin, yes you are right! she didn't have her own children so put all her effort and expertise into writing for everybody, she was a great woman, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, wowedding, thanks for stopping by and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, sligo, nice to see you, thanks for reading it, for some reason I just felt like writing about her, I remember the film and thought it was lovely,I didn't even realise that she was so interested in science etc, amazing, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Eiddwen, thank you so much! I loved the film, and the royal ballet one was terrific, brought back memories, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Nellieanna, thank you so much, I remember reading her books as a child, and realised that I hadn't seen that wonderful royal ballet film for a long time, when I was writing this hub, I spent at least two hours watching the film again! lol lovely, as I love ballet anyway, but putting it together with all her lovely characters was just great, thanks again nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, lily, lol I look forward to it! the 13th is a great birthday, so I will be swigging back my voddy! lol cheers nell


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Stopped back for another read. Beatrix was such an innovator in our society. Nursery rhymes from Aesops fables to Hans Christian Anderson invigorated childish fantasy and imagination but I believe that Beatrix was the first to illustrate fantasy so well. I may easily be wrong. Modern film animation by Walt Disney and his choice of animal characters with voice may very well have been influenced by her work. Anthropomorphism is a long word that comes to mind. Your presentation in this Hub is excellent and much appreciated. Gerry


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, sligo, thanks for coming back, yes you are probably right, many people do something so small, then without realising it, actually change the way we think or do something, Walt Disney may have done his characters differently if he hadn't seen Beatrix illustrations before, one little thing can change a world view, thanks so much nell


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

She is one of the most famous writers ever. It was interesing reading about her life and how that early correspondence shaped her future. A great lady.


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Becky Swift 5 years ago from Southampton

I can remember as a little girl reading the Beatrix Potter books at bed times, she is a very talented writter and was an inspiration to me as i was growing up.

Back then the world seemed so innocent and a fairy tale story, it's only now that I realize the truth about the world we live in.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Funny, but I was never introduced to the Beatrix Potter books as a child. I guess I was too wrapped up in Christopher Robin. I was fortunate to receive a gift of about 10 china figurines which I cherish to this day. Lovely hub Nell.


NikeshaNicole 5 years ago

This was great work! I am so impressed with your delivery and content. The video was really a treat as well. Thank you for introducing Beatrix Potter. I wasn't fortunate enough to grow up with her in my lap, but...I will definitely take time to pick up her work now. They were a different breed back then writers. I hope I can gage myself to amplify characters and times as they had. Thanks again.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, attemptedhumour, Yes, I never realised just how much she achieved, especially at that time, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Becky, I totally agree, I wish we could go back to that innocent time, and be more child like if even for a few hours! how cool would that be? thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Green Lotus, I think it was a certain time, back in about 63 or 64 when they became more popular again, its a bit like Narnia, I love those too! thanks again, nell


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Thanks for writing about Beatrix Potter. This is a great history reading for me. I was in Lake District a few years ago but unfortunately we (my husband, brother-in-law and sis)had no more time to visit Beatrix Potter place. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Nikes, thanks so much, I really appreciate you commenting, she was a really good writer, and children everywhere love her, cheers nell


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

As a child I just adored books written by Beatrix Potter. I simply loved her stories and illustrations. What a wonderful hub you have written here Nell - thank you.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Thelma, that was a shame, I would love to visit her house, it must have been so lovely, and can you imagine how peaceful? think I will move there! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, thank you! I am glad you liked it, I loved her too, sometimes the child comes out in me! ha ha and I have to write about something that brings back memories, cheers nell


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jfay2011 5 years ago

Hi,

I grew up on those books too. They were great. I tried to introduce them to my children, but I think they were too old fashioned for them. They wanted to read the modern books. They grew up on those Little Critter books. I've always admired the Beatrix Potter drawings. Another favorite is Tasha Tudor. Maybe you can write an article about her. My neighbor let me borrow a video about Tasha Tudor. It was very interesting. I've also watched the Renee Zellwiegger movie where she portrays Beatrix. It was very interesting. I've always loved to draw. Someday I might make a children's book about my favorite bunny, BunBun. I've got a paperdoll set of her online at Barnes and Noble. I've often thought that she could be a good tv show. YOu never know. It would be a neighborhood of bunnies and puppies that talk. And of course there would be good family values in it. Its a nice dream


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, jfay, sounds like a great dream to me! I have never heard of Tasha Tudor, I will have to go and investigate, thanks so much for reading, I am glad you enjoyed it, cheers nell


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very enjoyable hub, Nell. Beatrix Potter was a fascinating person, and her illustrations were so lovely. I saw the Royal Ballet Beatrix Potter film too, and loved it.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alicia, thanks for reading, the royal ballet film is lovely isn't it? I am so glad you liked it, and thanks


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NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

I have always loved Beatrix Potter's work. Several years ago I saw a special about her life on PBS. I think it was a Masterpiece Theater special.

Her drawings create such a wonderful feeling.

thanks for more information!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

I always enjoyed the stories and illustrations by Beatrix Potter.The drawings are cute. I have greater interest reading your hubs.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, NMLady, I love her drawings too, they always make me laugh, or should I say smile! lol they are lovely, thanks for reading, cheers nell

Hi, crystolite, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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rockdresses 5 years ago from Turkey

I read Beatrix Potter book when I was a little girl.

Thank you for sharing so nice post :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Enjoyed the very thorough information, Nell. Some of the tidbits you shared of her bio I was familiar with, other info was new. Thanks for sharing. She was quite a remarkable woman.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, rockdresses, they bring back memories to me as well, I still like looking at the books now, I would also love to see the renee zellweger film again, thanks nell

Hi, Denise, she was really amazing, I often wonder why they never show a program about her, maybe they will now I have said it! lol thanks again


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That is a wonderfully written hub and a great tribute to Beatrix Potter. She was a genius.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Hello hello, thanks so much, I loved writing this, she was always my favourite, cheers nell


SilverGenes 5 years ago

Nell, this is just wonderful! I love all her books and the illustrations make me feel all warm and fuzzy. I grew up with her stories and ate from dishes with her illustrations. I had no idea she'd had an issue with her sweetheart being 'in trade'. You've done a such a great job presenting her life and accomplishments. Thank you!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, SilverGenes, I used to have all her books too! I did have a small statue of peter rabbit, once, but I have no idea where it went, such a shame! lol thanks so much, cheers nell


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

I always love reading about Beatrix...she was a neat woman...you included some information that I didn't know about her, Thanks.

When our kids were little we read some of her stories on audiotape so we could play it for them at bedtime. That way they could listen to them over and over again...and hear it in their dad's voice.


september girl 5 years ago

Like many of those who have written a comment on this hub, I too always loved Beatrix Potter stories. They are so whimsical and full of life. She was one talented woman! Great hub, Nell Rose. Had to vote it in every category except funny. : )


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Enlydia, what a lovely way of telling her stories! have you still got them today? thanks nell

Hi, september girl, lol thanks! she was great, I still love looking at her books even now, thanks nell


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Ms.Nell Rose , I loved this Hub ! I am a big fan of beatrix potter as well as A.A.Milne , about 25 years ago i bought a collection of beatrix potter and A.A. Milne novels .I had bought them for my children and i read them to them as they grew up and i just recently passed the collection to my son ,who had just adopted his first son ,he has almmost finsihed the complete novel by beatrix potter ,and says he continues to read different stories by her at random ,still after having read the whole thing. I think these old classics will live on forever , Thank you for writing such a splendid Hub ! voted up , awesome , interesting and useful! and beautiful because it is all of these things! :)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, jami, thanks, Beatrix Potter was an amazing writer, I remember when I read them, I can still feel that magic when I find one now, it must be great to pass them down to your children and then they pass them down too, memories and connections, cheers nell


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

I love this hub also. I loved Beatrix Potter books when I was young. I love her drawings - they are just classic - and it is what I picture when someone says Peter Rabbit to me. This is an excellent biography of her. Many years ago I did read her biography but had forgotten a lot and this hub helped to remind me about her. Beatrix Potter's rabbits and Winnie the Pooh are my favorite English characters. They are so classy.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, suzette, thank you, I love her works especially peter rabbit! I used to have a picture of him on my wall as a child, thanks nell


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Wow this brings back memories of when my granddaughters were small. We watched VHS tapes of Peter Rabbit and Tom Kitten over and over again, and every night when they were falling asleep, they asked me to tell them the story of Peter Rabbit getting in trouble in the garden. When Peter's sisters asked him to go berry picking with them instead, I would always say "Not likely!" in a bratty brother tone of voice and the little girls would giggle. Love Beatrix Potter and learned a lot about her from your hub. Thank you!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Silva, what a lovely story! it sounds like you really enjoyed reading them, I remember it too, when my son was small I used to babysit my friends little girl and she always had a beatrix potter book under her arm when she arrived! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

I just love Beatrix Potter, especially her illustrations.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jenna, I just sat and watched the Beatrix Potter film with Renee Zellweger in it, so I had to come back and read this again, lol thanks for liking it, cheers nell


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

I just love the works of Beatrix Potter and grew up on them, as did my daughters. I loved Jemimah Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle. Very interesting and well researched, making it a thoroughly enjoyable article. Voted up and awesome.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, jacqui, thank you so much, I used to love Jeremy Fisher the frog! lol especially the Royal Ballet Version, it was so entertaining, I loved watching it again, thanks nell


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Greenhousewife 5 years ago

I love this Nell! When we have a baby we are planning on having a Beatrix Potter theme!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, how wonderful! that would look amazing on the walls, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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pongogirl2 5 years ago from California, USA

looove her drawings and her classic stories, they're soo cute and wonderful:) Thanks for doing a hub about her.


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Lillee McLoflin 5 years ago from Texas

Beatrix Potter books are still some of my all time favorites. Ones I will definitely share with children one day.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Lillee, they are timeless aren't they? even if I see them now in a bookshop I have the urge to buy them! lol thanks!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I simply adore her illustrations. I have visited the Beatrix Potter museum at lake District. I didn't realise she was such a smart cookie with her merchandising, long before that concept was born. Really succinct history of Beatrix and her art, here Nell. Well presented- voted up of course.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Read all of her books and enjoyed each one. Thanks for the history of this woman and the reminder of how much I loved her writing.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Docmo, that sounds really interesting, I would love to visit the Lake District. thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, thanks so much and I am glad you liked it, I remember reading beatrix potter books too, they are still so magical, cheers nell


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

I enjoyed your hub and all about Beatrix Potter. Useful and informative. Great list of books, voted up.


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

A wondrous storyteller known to all English children of a certain age but still very popular because of the universal appeal of her characters. I recall the tales of Peter from my childhood - I also introduced him to my own sons - they loved the story of Mr MacGregor and the rabbits eating lettuce in his garden. How angry he would get!

Lovely hub. I'll vote up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, thanks so much again, glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi chef, lol! yes I remember them well, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you enjoyed it, nell


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Nell: I complety forgot reading this. I started by writing about Kate Greeaway and then thought I should do Beatrix Potter too, since they were both part of my childhood. This is so well done and well written!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Just love this hub!


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bluebird 3 years ago

This hub is a subject close to my heart and I'm so glad you wrote about Beatrix Potter. I really enjoyed the movie made about her in 2006 entitled simply, "Miss Potter". If you've not seen it, please do. It is a very, very touching story about Beatrix's one true love and so moving. A precious gem among movies.

I bought the DVD ballet for my granddaughter and we always enjoyed watching it together. I recommend it highly.

After watching the movie I read many books about Beatrix being so interested in her life. What a naturalist she was!

Thanks again for a great read here on hubpages. Good job!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi bluebird, I saw the film a while ago again, its a lovely film. Yes the ballet is my favorite ever film, I could watch it over and over, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Audrey, I am so glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, its great that we both love her, there is just something about her life and stories that is so magical, thanks so much for finding this one among all my others, must have taken you ages! lol!

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