Beatrix Potter - children ilustrator
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A Life in Illustrations
Early YearsOnce Upon a Timethere was a young married couple named, Rupert and Helen Potter. Mr. and Mrs. Potter were blessed one day with a baby girl. They named her Helen Beatrix Potter
Early Years - Fast Facts
Helen Beatrix Potter born July 28, 1866 in London, England
Named after her mother, but called Beatrix
Beatrix was six years old when she welcomed her brother, Bertram, into the family. He would become her best friend (along with the animals).
Miss McKenzie, the family nurse, raised Beatrix and her brother on the third floor of their home.
Early Years - Fast Facts cont.Beatrix and Bertram:spent most of their time in the nurserywere home schooled by a governess, Miss Hammondrarely played with friends their own age, parents strictoften took long walks to the park
Early Years - Fast Facts cont.Beatrix Also:kept a diary and created a secret code that only she could readwas very shy and lonely as a childShe often became ill with bronchitis and rheumatic fever, which weakened her heart (Wallner, 9)Beatrix and BertramKept animals in their nursery classroom.They kept: rabbits, beetles, caterpillars, mice(named Hunca Munca andAppley Dapply), frogs,hedgehogs, lizards, bats, newts,a tortoise(Malam, 10) and a rabbit (named Peter)
Beatrix began to paint and draw whenshe was young. She loved to paint plantsin detail.
Summering in the Lake District
The Potters like to summer in the Lake District, in Scotland.
Summering in the Lake District - Fast FactsBeatrix would take her pets, carefully placedin boxes, for the long train ride.
Annie Carter, the new governess for Beatrix,would often travel with the Potters to the Lake District.
During her summers in Scotland, Beatrix would dreamof becoming a Scientist.
Scientist YearsBeatrix developed a strong love of nature when she was quite young.
Beatrix and her bother would keep animals in their nursery classroom (even keeping the skeletons of dead animals.)Beatrix also studied art and would draw detailed pictures of animals and nature.
Beatrix wrote a scientific paper about how mushrooms and toadstools grew, but wasnever able to present her paper because shewas a woman.
Author YearsI have just made stories to please myself, because I never grew up. - Beatrix Potter
When Beatrix turned 24 she decided totry to sell her sketches.
She was successful! She sold manysketches to a greeting card company.
She earned some money, but was stillunable to live on her own.
Author Years - Fast FactsA little later Beatrix wanted to cheer up Noel, son ofher past governess, Annie Moore.
One night, while thinking of Noel and her art,she began to write
My Dear Noel,I dont know what to write to you, so I shalltell you a story about four little rabbits who names are Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottentail, and Peter (Wallner, 17)
Author Years - Fun Facts cont. Beatrix tried and tried to make a living on her art and science, but found that it was too hard.
Years later, Beatrix borrowed back Noels note and turned that note into a story about four little rabbits.
Beatrix sent the story to several publishers, only to be turned down.
She did NOT give up, and decided to publish 250 copies with her own money!
Author Years - Fun Facts cont.A publisher found her book, asked for her to rewrite the text and produce larger pictures, but she would not budge!
She wanted little hands to hold her little tales.
She got her way! In 1902,The Tale of Peter Rabbit waspublished!
Personal YearsThank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. - Beatrix Potter
Beatrix bought a home on Hilltop Farm in the Lake District.
She fell in love twiceOnce with her editor Norman Warne (who wouldlater fall ill and die before they could marry)Next with William Heelis, a lawyer, whom she married in 1913
Personal Years - Fun FactsBeatrix spent the rest of her life in the Lake District always giving to people, to animals, and to nature.
Beatrix Potter died in 1943 leaving her land to the British National Trust (protecting land from change). (Malan, 20)
Well Known Works - Beatrix PotterThe Tale of Peter RabbitThe Tale of Samuel Whiskers orThe Tale of Squirrel Nutkin The Roly-Poly PuddingThe Tailor of GloucesterThe Tale of The Flopsy BunniesThe Tale of Benjamin BunnyThe Tale of Ginger and PicklesThe Tale of Two Bad MiceThe Tale of Mrs. TittlemouseThe Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-WinkleThe Tale of Timmy TiptoesThe Tale of The Pie and TheThe Tale of Mr. TodPatty-PanThe Tale of Pigling BlandThe Tale of Mr. Jeremy FisherAppley Dapplys Nursery RhymsThe Story of A Fierce Bad RabbitThe Tale of Johnny Town-MouseThe Story of Miss MoppetCecily Parsleys Nursery RhymesThe Tale of Tom KittenThe Tale of Little Pig RobinsonThe Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck(Wallner, 25)
Honors Awarded to Miss PotterIf I have done anything - even a little to help small children on the road to enjoy and appreciate honest, simple pleasure, I have done a bit of good. Beatrix Potter -
At the time Beatrix Potter was illustrating and writing, there were few awards to win. However, she was a well known author during her life, selling millions of copies of her books.