Dating beatrix potter books

Potter demonstrated a talent for sketching as a child with animals being one of her favorite subjects.

Her father trained as a lawyer, but he never actually practiced. Her mother Helen was skilled at embroidery and watercolors.

Beatrix got to know several influential artists and writers through her parents, including painter John Everett Millais.

She produced a finished design featuring Old Brown, Squirrel Nutkin, Peter Rabbit and mice from The Tailor of Gloucester.

She pointed out that it 'may look rather heavy for so small a book' but eventually conceded that it would be alright if 'kept rather small or rather light coloured'.

The correspondence between Potter and her editor and friend Norman Warne, provides a fascinating insight into a close and frank working relationship.

Warne had great respect for Potter's extraordinary talents as an illustrator and writer, and encouraged her involvement at every stage of production.She was a successful breeder of sheep and well regarded for her work to protect the beautiful countryside she adored.Potter died on December 22, 1943, in Sawrey, England.Her proposals for title pages, endpapers, covers and bindings reveal an expert understanding of how books were put together.She was also involved in print production, carefully inspecting proofs and even recommending the most suitable method of colour printing.Potter had only done one illustration for the book so Quentin Blake created the images to accompany this tale.

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