Beatrix Potter was born in England on July 28, 1866 to wealthy and artistic Unitarian parents. Her and her younger brother were encouraged to observe and embrace nature, and kept many small animals as pets. Beatrix was homeschooled by three able governesses, from whom she learned multiple languages, literature, science and history, and also enjoyed private art lessons.
Beatrix’s artistic talents were recognized early. She developed her own style, favoring watercolor, and sketched and painted many of the objects she observed in nature. While she was heavily influenced by classic fairy tales of Western Europe, most of her illustrations were fantasies featuring her own pet mice, rabbits, kittens, and guinea pigs. As a teenager, Beatrix regularly visited the art galleries of London, and learned to improve her own works by critiquing others’.
In the 1890’s, Beatrix and her brother began to illustrate and sell greeting cards to make spare money. She also began to sell illustrations, and by 1902 she wrote, illustrated, and published her first book, The Tales of Peter Rabbit. Between 1902 and 1922 Beatrix published over 23 books.
While Beatrix still wrote and illustrated on occasion, after 1922 her energies were focused on her many farms with cattle and sheep. She died on 22 December 1943 at her home in Castle Cottage at age 77, leaving over 4,000 acres including farms, cottages, and livestock to the National Trust to be preserved.
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