Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter

In honor of Beatrix Potter’s birthday, July 28th here is a rare watercolor of one of her original drawings for A Rabbit’s Christmas Party. This was a preliminary drawing. She often put rabbits in clothes like little blue coats, but here she shows them off more naturally. She seemed to love animals and had two rabbits. Benjamin bunny was her first rabbit. She said he was a "an impudent, cheeky little thing.” Then there was Peter rabbit who she trained to a leash and took with her on outings. Even though she was a renown children’s author, conservationist, and respected expert mycologist and fungi expert, to me she was a woman who loved nature. She left her 4,000 acres of property to the National Trust and it remains unspoiled. I am sure there are plenty of European rabbits still making their homes among the working farms and doing their bunny dances. For more information: See The Beatrix Potter Society or go to The World of Beatrix Potter