July 28th 2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, who has captured our imagination for over 100 years with her beautifully illustrated Tales.

A fascinating woman who achieved and accomplished so much in her lifetime, during an era when ambitious women were firmly discouraged from flourishing. An artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and impeccable businesswoman, a visionary and a trailblazer.

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Book

 

The first book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter was The Tale of Peter Rabbit published in 1902 and inspired by her pet rabbit Peter Piper who had a talent for performing tricks and accompanied her everywhere. The tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the best known and tells the cautionary tale of how mischievous Peter sneaks into a vegetable garden and is chased about by Mr McGregor; resulting in a very frightened Peter Rabbit being put to bed by his mother without his usual supper, merely camomile tea! One of the worlds best selling books of all times, it has sold over 45 million copies.

Beatrix Potter died in 1943, leaving fifteen farms and over four thousand acres of land to the National Trust, including Hill Top Farm which remains exactly as it was and opens to thousands of visitors each year. For a showcase tour of Hilltop Farm call 015394 36269. Also at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead until 30 October 2016 you can explore Beatrix’s lifelong passion for the natural world, how it inspired her art work and led to the protection of her beloved Lake District.

Beatrix Potter

 

Today, from the 24 tales that were published, more than two million Beatrix Potter books are sold across the world every year. The charming stories have a timeless quality, passed down from generation to generation.

A huge selection of licenced product and merchandise is widely available today in the form of plush soft toys, hankerchiefs, confectionery, ceramic tiles, biscuit tins etc.Charbonnel Et Walker PRabbit Milk Chocolate SlimsMay her legacy continue as we pay homeage to this remarkable lady on what would have been her 150th Birthday!

 

Beatrix Potter 150 years