Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Beatrix Potter – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The newest Royal Mail First Day Cover collection is dedicated to Beatrix Potter. As many know, Beatrix Potter was a children’s author and illustrator, natural scientist, farmer and preservationist. Her series of 23 original ‘Peter Rabbit’ books has been translated into more than 45 languages.

Helen Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in Kensington, London, and had a typical Victorian upper-middle class upbringing. As a young child she spent much time alone, or with her nanny, in the nursery, but during this time she developed a fascination for the natural world. Together with her younger brother Bertram, she looked after a menagerie of pets including lizards, newts, mice and rabbits.

Immersed in the arts from an early age – her mother was a watercolourist and her father a photographer – she was inspired to sketch and paint flora and fauna during holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, and went on to become a publishing illustrator. But it was the reworking of the stories and drawings in her picture-letters to children that led to the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the start of a successful literary career. Beatrix bought many properties in the Lake District, where she embraced life as a farmer, sheep breeder and conservationist until her death in 1943. 

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