Beatrix Potter was born on the 28th July 1866 in South Kensington, London. She was, or should I say still is, a renowned author and illustrator- the proud writer of 23 books which make up the Tales series. Her books are wonderfully written and each picture captures many of life’s emotions. Her most famous characters include: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and so on, for I am sure you have heard of them!
A film I have recently watched called ‘Miss Potter’ inspired the title of this blog post. It captures the early to mid life of Beatrix Potter, taking us on a journey through the publication of her first book, along with the devastating heartbreak she faced along the way. You also see her fondly as a child when on trips to the Lake District; she would draw the local sites and tell the most incredible tales about the wild animals she encountered. She was fascinated by nature and at the age of fourteen she started to keep a diary; detailing descriptions and opinions of places she had been along with lots of illustrations!
Beatrix was also an avid reader and in her youth many books inspired her, including: The Water Babies, Book of Nonsense and Alice in Wonderland. All once again very famous pieces of work.
Her children’s stories are widely known and appreciated, with each character now becoming recognisable and give a sense of warm heartedness. As you can probably guess she grew up with many pets and her brother Bertram kept several small animals as pets. At various points they even had mice, rabbits and a hedgehog! I can assume where many of her ideas came from!
To end, even in an age where women were suppose to conform to traditional gender stereotypes, Beatrix became a successful writer and illustrator and her works have become widely known. I believe from this example that if you really believe in yourself you can achieve your biggest goals.
“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”