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The Art of Beatrix Potter

, xxvi, 406 pages including Appendix at rear, illustrated throughout with numerous black and white and colour plates This description may be from another edition of this product.


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The Art of Beatrix Potter

I remembered this book from college, more than 40 years ago. It was such an entrancing book to me that I decided to hunt it up and try to buy it. My memory did not deceive me. The book is every bit as wonderful as I remembered, the pictures ones I will go back to again and again. To be honest, the text has not gotten as much attention, but it is interesting and informative and I'm sure will be eventually read as well.

Stunningly beautiful

This book is a treasure for anyone who loves the work of Miss Potter. There are plenty of pictures from her childrens' books, plus beautiful nature studies, still lifes, landscapes and more.


This is probably one of the better, and certainly one of the most comprehensive collections of the art produced by Beatrix Potter during her life time. The bulk of this work consists of 167 reproductions in color and 73 in monochrome, in addition to examples of Potter's handwriting in story-letters, manuscript and miniature letters. There is also a collection of photographs of Hill Top and Sawrey which gives a good look a the setting for Potter's life and her work. The book is broken down into several distinct sections, starting with her early work, which includes drawings in black and white and in color going back to when she was about nine years old. There is a section on interiors (houses and barns), Houses, village scenes and landscapes, Gardens, Plant Studies and Still Life, microscopic work and fungi drawings, animal studies, imaginary happenings in the animal world, early ideas for illustrated books, and then extensive drawings and water colors of her actual art which she created for her many wonderful books. The "Appreciation" or introduction by Anne Carroll Moore is quite well done and quite informative. The book is extremely well organized and of high quality. Each work of Potter's is well labeled and dated. All in all, this is a very useful book and an absolute delight to read and own. This is one you will probably want to own as the material in it is more visual than written and is the kind of book that you will want to gaze at over and over again. WARNING: When you purchase one of these books, BE SURE you find one that does not have pages removed! I have found quite a number of copies in used book stores, and indeed, libraries where some swine has taken a razor and removed page after page. These pages are suitable to frame and hang and I guess people cannot resist. Do be careful when you buy.
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