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Beatrix Potter - Mycologist

Updated on November 7, 2015
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Did You Know That Beatrix Potter Was a Mycologist?

Beatrix Potter is well known for her story books for children, but she's less well known as a mycologist - someone who studies fungi. Is this so surprising, though, when you see the charming illustrations for some of her best known works: The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of Peter Rabbit or The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck?

Just look at the attention to detail, the carefully recorded animals and the choice of wild creatures. Beatrix Potter was, above all, a natural scientist. She loved nature, the countryside and all the creatures and plants within it.

Learn more about Beatrix Potter and 'her life in nature'.

Beatrix Potter the Naturalist - And the mystery of the lost scientific paper

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From the first Beatrix's talent for whimsical story-telling and imaginative illustration shines through; She delighted in the magical nature of fungi, imagining them as they "laugh and clap their hands," and she loved "the fairy rings," as she describes them.

From 1881 to 1897 Beatrix Potter kept a Journal in which she made notes about her interests, which also included archaeology, geology, and entomology in addition to mycology, and recorded her opinions about art, society, and things of topical interests. All this was clearly secret as she invented a code which was finally 'cracked' in 1958.

Although she had the enthusiasm, keen eye and a talent for botanical drawing, she was helped to make her illustrations more scientific by Charles McIntosh. Beatrix Potter's research how fungi spores reproduced was sufficiently professional for her to have a paper accepted by the Linnean Society entitled, ''On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricineae'.

According to the Society records, the paper was received and accepted. It was sent out the the keeper of botany at the Natural History Museum, George Murray for review and he was favourably impressed. It was read on the 1st April 1897, but not by Beatrix. She was not allowed onto the premesis. Something that Elizabeth Philpot was also to come up against. (See below).

Instead, George Massee read the paper on Beatrix Potter's behalf and he said that it had been well received. He also, said that the paper needed more work. This was normal for scientific papers, however Beatrix withdrew the paper herself on 8th april.

It's not known why she did this. Nor did she ever finish it or resubmit it. Another mystery. But perhaps it was just that her life had moved on. She was now writing her stories and creating the charming illustrations that went with them. She moved to the Lake district in the north of England and took up sheep breeding. Perhaps she just never found either the time or inclination to pursue that particular path.

Beatrix Potter and Her Mycology Research - Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4 - broadcast on 20th April 2012

I was inspired to find out more about Beatrix Potter's study of fungus when I heard the article about it in Woman's Hour on Radio 4, because, although I had visited her house in the Lake District and had been brought up with her stories and books, and though I'd seen the film, Miss Potter and thoroughly enjoyed it, I still hadn't realised just how seriously she had been taken by the scientific community of the time.

Follow Beatrix through an imaginary day in her life

On Thursday 11th April Radio 4 broadcast a play based on a day in the life of Beatrix Potter at the age of 14.

Beatrix Potters Illustrations of Fungi - by W. P. L. Findlay and Beatrix Potter

Wayside and Woodland Fungi (Wayside & Woodland)
Wayside and Woodland Fungi (Wayside & Woodland)

The key to identifying fungi is having exact illustrations and good advice when it comes to smell and touch, amongst other things. In this book there are so many detailed and exact illustrations of fungi, but they are also very beautiful.

 

Beatrix Potter and Charles McIntosh - Beatrix's fungal mentor - so to speak!

Les Champignons (French Edition) by Beatrice Potter  A beautiful book of Beatrix Potter's beautiful studies of fungi.
Les Champignons (French Edition) by Beatrice Potter A beautiful book of Beatrix Potter's beautiful studies of fungi. | Source

Les Champignons by Beatrix Potter reproduces about 65 of her fungal paintings. Beatrix Potter, as far as we know, produced her first paintings of fungus in 1887. She continued to paint them, but became more serious in her studies around 1892 after meeting Charles McIntosh (1839-1922).

He worked with Beatrix and helped her to understand the basics of fungal taxonomy as well as sending her specimens and helping to improve her illustrations. For example in 1894 he wrote to her about how to draw the gills of the muchrooms and to show exactly how the gills are attached to the stems - an important element in the identification of fungi. (For the quotation see the excellent article Case Studies from which I found some of this information.)

What Did Beatrix Discover About Fungus?

Quite a lot!

One of the ways that Beatrix studied fungi and contributed to the pool of knowledge about it was through her illustrations, creating depictions of them in their mature state, but also in stages of growth and in section. She produce several hundred paintings of mushrooms, boletes, jelly fungi and many others. But she went much further than this.

Beatrix Potter also studied fungi under the microscope and made drawing of these also, but she took her work a step further when she began to grow fungi and to experiment with spore germination. In a letter dated February 1897 she told McIntosh that she had grown between 40 and 50 sorts of spore. She wasn't the first to have carried out this work, but she was well ahead of her time. She would have know the work of others in this field.

Heinrich Anton de Bary (1831-1888) had already worked in this area, and perfected laboratory techniques to study of fungal life cycles working in particular with plant pathogens. Julius Oscar Brefeld (1839-1925), who had been Bary's assistant, also worked on the laboratory germination of single spores. His work was published from 1872 onward and Beatrix would have been aware of these.

A tree in Limousin, France covered in lichen
A tree in Limousin, France covered in lichen | Source

What Did Beatrix Discover About Lichens?

And what is lichen, anyway?

Lichen, those green, yellow or bluish growths of various form you see growing on the bark and branches of trees, and even on stone, is an association between a fungus and an alga. (And that's as far as I'm going to go!)

Beatrix Potter, with her interest in fungi, was also interested in lichen. She wrote about finding lichen in her journal entry for 3 December 1896, and it's know that she was aware of Schwendener's work on lichen.

Her journal entry for 30 December tells of a visit to see George Murray, Keeper of Botany at the British Museum where Beatrix asked him about lichen books. Other than that he wasn't a great deal of help.

She studied lichens under the microscope and she drew what she saw there, but she went much further in her quest to know more. She germinated the fungal spores of lichen genus Cladonia, at least, and may have germinated others. In Britain at least this was ground-breaking work, though others were carrying out research in Europe.

One of the many books That Beatrix Knew About Fungi and Lichen - The roots of her knowledge

What Is The Linnean Society?

A society dedicated to natural history

The Linnean Society is devoted, now as it was at it's creation 200 years ago, to 'The cultivation of the Science of Natural History in all its branches.'

The society was founded in 1788, and named after the Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778). He was a botanist and zoologist and his work has been kept by the society since 1829. The Society’s founder and first president was scientist and collector, Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828).

It is somewhat gratifying that now the Executive Secretary of the society is a woman, Dr Elizabeth Rollinson.

Beatrix Potter - A Life in Nature - Biography of Beatrix Potter by Linda Lear

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

A splendid book which has become a standard text on the life and work of Beatrix Potter.

This is a substantial book in every way, full of photographs and illustrations. Learn more about the fabulously rich and wonderfully varied life of Beatrix Potter.

 
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Betrix-potter-funghi | Source

It's a Man's World!

Women were excluded from the Linnean Society

In 1897, Potter wasn't allowed to present her research on fungi to the Linnean Society - the world's oldest natural history society - because the Society did not admit women. Instead a male mycologist presented Potter's paper.

The Linnean Society, clearly now ashamed and contrite, has invited Ali Murfitt, a 29 year old ecology graduate, to present Potter's research. Dressed in the sort of clothes that Beatrix would have worn, Ali Murfitt will deliver a paper presenting Beatrix Potter's discoveries about fungi on Friday the 20th April 2012.

Because the original paper has been lost, Ali Murfitt has put together a paper based on what she knows about Potter's life. She used the biography of Beatrix Potter written by Linda Lear, ' A life In Nature'. She also used Beatrix Potter's own journal which was originally written in code but this has happily been translated.

Better late than never!

Beatrix Potter the Naturalist

Who was Beatrix Potter?

Who was Beatrix Potter? She was born in 28 July 1866 in a leafy and prosperous part of London, South Kensington. She had one brother, Walter, and she was educated at home where she excelled in languages, literature and drawing. She loved stories of all kinds and she combined the two talents by illustrating her favourite fairy stories, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

At first she was taken up with her research, but in 1901 she turned one of her illustrated letter into her first book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', and produced her own privately printed edition of it. She also fell in love with her publisher, but sadly it was not to be. Her family objected to the match and he died shortly afterwards.

Never-the-less she went ahead and bought Hilltop Farm, Near Sawrey, a Lake District village in the hart of the rugged countryside of northern England and it was here that she produced some of her best books.

in 1909, Beatrix bought another property in Sawrey, Castle Farm, where she lived after she married William Heelis, a local solicitor. She became more and more interested in the local Herdwick sheep and in 1923 she bought Troutbeck Park, a sizable sheep farm which enabled her to become one of the most admired Herdwick breeders in the region. Beatrix became passionate about the preservation of the landscape of the Lake District and involved herself in the National Trust. she left a considerable acarage of land to the National Trust when she died which did much to preserve it from development.

Miss Potter - The Film of Her Life - Directed by Chris Noonan 2007

Miss Potter
Miss Potter

Starring Renee Zellweger (of Briget Jones fame), Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson this is a wonderfully charming film that follows the life of Beatrix from her early illustrations to her sheep farm.

 

Beatrix Was Inspired by Landscape and Nature

You can visit too!

What inspired Beatrix's interest in nature in general and fungi in particular? Beatrix was brought up to have a love of nature and science by her parents, and loved to go on holiday to the Caringormes, Perthshire. In 1905 she bought the house Hill Top, at Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside. This is within the beautiful Lake District area of northern England and it's now owned and run by the National Trust. You can visit the house and see for yourself where Beatrix lived: Telephone: 015394 36269.

From Science to Art

Potter's botanical studies informed her story illustrations

Beatrix Potter is now much better known for her charming books about wild animals with their whimsical illustrations. Take another look, though, and see how true to life these pictures really are.

Treat Yourself to The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter - This would be a wonderful gift for a baby

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter

My friend, aged just over sixty, recently bought the complete stories of Beatrix Potter - for herself. She had always loved the work and had never owned the books. Wouldn't this be a perfect gift for a baby or small child? One they will love now and treasure for the rest of her life.

 

Women and Science at the Time of Beatrix Potter

Just how many Victorian women scientists were there?

Although women were excluded from University at the time of Beatrix Potter, women never-the-less studied science by themselves and made a real contribution. Linneus himself corresponded with several women: Anna Blackburn from Liverpool, Mary Delanye and Ann Monton are just three.

Two Victorian women who have found fame at last were the fossil hunters Elizabeth Philpot and Mary Anning who worked on the beaches of southern England around Lyme Regis. The author Tracy Chevalier has written a captivating novel which closely follows the facts of their lives.

Meet Pat Wolseley a Beatrix Potter of Our Times - Lichen expert Pat Wolseley takes part in the air survey with a local group

Much as Beatrix Potter delved into the mysteries of that strange alliance, Lichen, Pat Wolseley continues the exploration through her obsession with lichen and the environmental secrets it holds. Ancient and ubiquitous, this organism tells us so much about the quality of air we breathe now, and about the history of the environment.

Lichen has long been seen as an inidcator of clean air, but Pat shows us that certain species of lichen seem to thrive on certain kinds of pollution. Some enjoy road traffic pollution: others prefer acid rain. There is just so much more to lichen than meets the eye.

Where Did I Get My Information? - Links to Sources

In addition to the sources indicated above, I found my information on the following sites:

The Tailor of Gloucester - Beatrix Potter's Favourite Tale - That little mouse tailor was Beatrix's personal favourite on BBC Radio 4

Philip Glassborow tells the tale of the mouse tailor on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 27th December 2012. In the original version of The Tailor of Gloucester, published in 1901, Beatrix Potter makes reference to many traditional songs and carols which were later cut from the story we all know today.

Beatrix Potter had paid a visit to Gloucester where she heard the true story behind the miraculous tale of grateful mice stitching the mayor's wonderful waistcoat after the tailor himself had fallen ill and there was no "no more twist".

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From this tale Beatrix createdThe Tailor of Gloucester and sent it as a gift to Freda, the daughter of her old governess. Later she published this privately, including many local songs and carols associated with the old legend: that on the stroke of midnight on Christmas eve, the animals are able to speak.

Despite the fact that her Peter Rabbit tale had been so very successful, Frederick Warne declined to publish this story. When they did finally publish it, it was without most of its music.

In the radio programme, Philip Glassborow tracks down the sources of this music and explores Potter's passion for both the music and for the traditions at the heart of the story.

© 2012 Barbara Walton

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      How interesting. I'd certainly heard of Beatrix Potter and her beloved children's books but never knew this about her. Wonderful lens!

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      pkmcr 4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Absolutely fascinating and I really had no idea that this was part of Beatrix Potter!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Lovely article about Beatrix Potter! She was revolutionary in her time. Interesting to read about her scientific side.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens, Beatrix Potter was an amazing person wasn't she, far more than you would imagine from a lady who wrote about rabbits. I added this to the featured other authors section on my Enid Blyton lens.

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      MelissaRodgz 4 years ago

      Wow this was fascinating. You show a side of Beatrix Potter that very few people would know about.

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      Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

      I've always loved her artwork, and I had no idea she was also a scientist. Wonderful lens.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      It never ceases to surprise me how little we actually know about people who have become famous. What an interesting story about this incredible woman. She is a role model for us all.

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      AngryBaker 4 years ago

      Lovely, I've always enjoyed her children's books and illustrations. I had no idea about the mycology.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Thank you to let me know about existence of Beatrix Potter :) Great lens.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Really lovely lens and so interesting! I love Beatrix Potter books. I saw the film of her life and really enjoyed it.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      This is fascinating! I had no idea that Beatrix Potter enjoyed studying natural history, including fungus. She just became a much more interesting and complex person in my mind (not that she wasn't before, but I only have known about her in the past from her childrens' books).

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      AttyJayne 4 years ago

      As I child I had a collection of Beatrix Potter books and figurines from each story. Nearly 40 years later, I learn that she was a mycologist! It was a little surprising at first but now it makes sense. Thank you for the educating information!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Now that I know about her interest in the natural sciences, so much of her work seems to fit her better. I love her writings! My bedroom (the guest room) at my grandparents' farm was decorated in Beatrix's stories & characters.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Now that I know about her interest in the natural sciences, so much of her work seems to fit her better. I love her writings! My bedroom (the guest room) at my grandparents' farm was decorated in Beatrix's stories & characters.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Great lens about Beatrix Potter. My kids love her books :)

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      Matthew 4 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Thank you for writing this article, I learned quite a bit that I did not know about this amazing woman!

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      jimbarnes lm 4 years ago

      treat lenses

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Wonderful article on this fascinating and talented woman. Much deserving of the Purple Star. Blessed!

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      I really love this lens. Beatrix Potter was my favorite author when I was younger and I used to read her stories to my brother. She was an amazing person! Had no idea she was such a naturalist, although it isn't a surprise given her story content. :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I did not know this about Beatrix Potter being a mycologist. Very interesting. I love her drawings and children's stories. Thank you for such a wonderful lens.

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      WoodlandBard 4 years ago

      Just back from a performance tour in Scotland which included a stop in Dunkeld and Birnam where there is a beautiful Beatrix Potter Garden and Exhibition explaining this and how she enjoyed her times at Dunkeld, arriving at 8:30 am on the Flying Scotsman that travelled overnight from Kings Cross to Inverness. It was a surprise to me, and beautifully presented.

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      Jolent 4 years ago

      While I had read Beatrix Potter stories as a kid, I never really knew anything about her until the movie "Miss Potter" came out, and it is now one of my all time favorite movies. I didn't know she was a mycologist either. Once again I want to get in and learn more about her. She was an outstanding woman.

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      Michelle 4 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Thank you for adding another dimension to a much loved author for me!

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      livinglargeandh 4 years ago

      Excellent and interesting lens. Who knew this about B. Potter, and yet I have seen the book you showed. We mushroom hunt in Southern Illinois and have learn how to do it from several mycologist from Southern Illinois University.

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      food monkey 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is a lovely lens, I have pinned it to 2 of my boards: Wonderful People and Nature and Loving the Earth. My son's fourth grade teacher read all of the B. Potter books to the class, and he loved the series.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Oh - and I forgot - Angel Blessed!

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      melissiaoliver 4 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful lens! I love the Beatrix Potter stories, particularly Miss Tiggywinkle. I had no idea about all of Beatrix Potter's interests though, so thank you!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Potter is one of my favourite writers and it is good to see another aspect of her personality.

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      jholland 4 years ago

      Fascinating, I never knew all these details about her life.

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      victoriuh 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! I wrote a term paper on Beatrix Potter in high school and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about her. Great info and details here!

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      Heidi 4 years ago from Benson, IL

      Neat -- I used to love her Peter Rabbit stories and I still have my collection. I didn't know she studied fungi too.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed her story and love her works. She did so much for her community. Even my pups loved her. When we would have to be out for awhile we would play her stories on CD for 6 hours.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I wish I could stroll over to your farmhouse to buy a cup of tea. You create beautiful articles. Wish you the best.

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      nekoneko 4 years ago

      at first i thought its something harry potter and beatrix lastrange. I was obviously wrong.

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      Shorebirdie 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I had no idea she was into fungus! I really admire her love of nature and the country life. She really did a lot to preserve that way of life for generations to come.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. We visited her house in the Lake District and it was a wonderful visit, because so many places in her house where used as the bases for her books' illustrations.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      This is a delightful lens. I'm a huge fan of Beatrix Potter's books and enjoyed learning more about her.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      This is the first time I have ever heard that! I love obscure history! Blessed!

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      magictricksdotcom 4 years ago

      Who knew? Really interesting look at a different side of this beloved author. Great lens.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 4 years ago

      Her illustrations showed her love of nature so makes sense.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I am totally impressed with Beatrix Potter. What a renaissance woman! I had no idea. This was so fascinating. Thank you for expanding my awareness of the inspirational life of Beatrix Potter. I only knew of her children's books prior to reading this very interesting article. Congrats on your feature and Purple Star.

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I was intrigued by your title. I know who Beatrix Potter was, but did not know mycology. What a wealth of information well beyond that initial curiosity! Wonderful lens. I learned a great deal!

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      I have a nice collection of Beatrix Potter things including all her childrens books. I found your article fascinating as some of it I didn't know. Some of what I had learned growing up isn't reflected here, and actually is contradictory, but now I will go research it and see if in fact I am remembering wrong. Great article!

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      Adele Jeunette 4 years ago

      A very nice site that you've put together. I'm a children's librarian and have also worked as a librarian at Denver Botanic Gardens, so I got to know both sides of Beatrix Potter. Everyone likes her little animals all dressed up, but no one notices how accurate they are (apart from the clothes of course). I believe the Botanic Gardens hosted a show of her illustrations. I wonder if they are still touring America.

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      religions7 4 years ago

      Lichen is fascinating stuff actually. They're very useful in studying changes in climate and (air) pollution :)

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      rachelscott 4 years ago

      Your lens has an attraction and i love your beautiful lens.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      What a wonderful "other story" about Beatrix Potter. I would not have known she studied fungi and lichen. I love to discover them in my nature walks and have photographs of many different varieties.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this lens! I too saw the movie, Miss Potter, and loved it, especially the scenery! Thanks for sharing these wonderful facts about Beatrix!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I enjoyed it.

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      She was a precious person. Thank you for this lens.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Love her books as a child! Great lens!

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      lestroischenes, Hi! Lovely lens here. I never knew about Beatrix Potter until I had children of my own. (long story) Anyway, I like her work and her adventerous spirit. Self publishing and all. I loved the movie. My daughter is familiar with her work. My sons have a hard time sitting still for the stories. We have a version of Peter Rabbit that actually has a piece of netting in it (very engaging to the boys when they see real risk. My youngest loves the image of the farmer chasing the bunny with the rake, makes him laugh. (He's 7).

      Good luck with the B&B, sounds Lovely. I look forward to reading more of your lenses. (I'm kinda new here, only been active a bit over a week.)

      Keep writing, can't wait to see what else you want to talk about. :)

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I enjoyed learning about how Beatrix Potter's study of fungus lead to many discoveries and her illustrations are just wonderful, congrats on your front page feature and for sharing such a lovely story in natural science history.

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      Gale 4 years ago from Texas

      What a wonderful lens! Really deserving of a purple star!

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      Gale 4 years ago from Texas

      Noticed a couple typos. In the "What Did Beatrix Discover About Fungus?" section in the last sentence of the 2nd paragraph, "She would have know the work of others in this field" should be "she would haven known." Also, in the last sentence of the 3rd paragraph "Beatrix would have know about these works" should be "would have known."

      Hope this is helpful. Feel free to delete this comment after you read it.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @goldenecho: goldenecho, thank you so much for mentioning these. I don't have anyone to proofread for me and it's so easy to see what you meant to write rather than what you did write. I really appreciate the fact that took the time to read it so carefully.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congrats on being on the first page.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I had no idea! I studied a bit of botany in school and can easily see why she would have been fascinated. Great page! Blessed!

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      You have done a great job here. She was an amazingly talented lady, who has inspired so many children and adults alike. Would love to visit the Lake District one day - can't believe I've never been!

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      sallemange 4 years ago

      Such a fascinating story. We have lots of amazing fungi where we live in Upper Saxondale Nottingham

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      kpp2385 4 years ago

      inspiring story or a dedicated woman and very nicely described. Great lense.

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      PaulWinter 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I can see why it got a purple star.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I never knew this. What an interesting read. Blessed!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @anonymous: Thanks, kingdomofanimals, I was thrilled!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @Cari Kay 11: I just don't know how she managed to do so much, Cari_Kay. Thanks for taking the time to leave a message and a blessing!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @rob-hemphill: You really must go, Rob! The Lake District is so lovely - partly due, of course to Beatrix Potter donating so much land to the National Trust. Her homes and the museums are fascinating.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @sallemange: They are fascinating, mysterious, beautiful and magical, so no wonder we love them. Thanks for the message Sallemange.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @kpp2385: Many thanks for dropping by ketulpatel2385

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @PaulWinter: Thank you, kaazoom, for these kind words. So pleased you enjoyed it.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks so much for dropping by and blessing this lens, Janis. Beatrix Potter is just so surprising, isn't she?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Fascinating! I had no idea! I also have not seen the movie about her.

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      She reminds me of the zoologist, Ernst Haeckel. Of course, Potter had to circumvent all the barriers that women had. Haeckel did have every opportunity open to him. They both loved drawing and painting the natural world. I did not know this of Potter till I read this and I saw the movie. The movie did not focus on her serious studies of fungi.

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      PatriciaJoy 4 years ago from Michigan

      Angel blessings. I loved the movie about her life and have always loved her children's books. Now I know so much more. Great lens.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks, Sylvestermouse. You really must see the movie - charming and a real eye-opener. She did so much!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @paperfacets: Thanks for leaving a commment, paperfacets . I suppose pouring over a microscope isn't 'sexy' for movies. Beatrix Potter really is fascinating, though, in the scope of her achievements and Interests as well as her personal life.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @PatriciaJoy: Her books are 'magical', aren't they? Once you know about her natural history interests, you can see where the illustrations for her books came from. Many thanks for the blessing PJ_Deneen .

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      Sue Dixon 3 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Many of Beatrix Potter's drawings of funghi are in the Armitt museum, 1 mile down the road from me in Ambleside. BTW, I went to school in Bury, twinned with Angouleme, and did an exchange way back in the 60s! Loved your lens.

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      @Grasmere Sue: Thanks so much for leaving a comment, whitemoss. I have been to Ambleside (I was artist in residence at Grizedale forest) but somehow missed the Armitt museum. Interestingly, I worked as a landscape architect in Bury for a while - but didn't know that it was twinned with Angouleme - bit chalk and cheese!

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      Richard Staveley 3 years ago from Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England

      No I didn't know this, so thanks for the info. I've always loved her stories.

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