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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

at the Morgan Library and Museum

On March 20, V&AAF members are invited to join a private tour of the V&A’s travelling exhibition, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. Dr. Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator at the Morgan Library and Museum, will guide the group through the exhibition.

The Morgan Library and Museum 225 Madison Avenue
(between 36th and 37th Street)
New York City

March 20, 2024, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Creator of unforgettable animal characters like Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the beloved children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) rooted her fiction in the natural world. Childhood summers spent in Scotland and the English Lake District nourished Potter’s love of nature, while her famous menagerie of pets inspired her picture letters and published tales. Her study of botany and mycology established an abiding interest in the life sciences, a passion she would bring to rural life at Hill Top Farm in Cumbria, England. There, she enjoyed a second act as a sheep breeder and land conservationist, ultimately bequeathing four thousand acres of farmland to the National Trust.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature brings together artwork, books, manuscripts, and artifacts from several institutions in the United Kingdom, including the V&A, the National Trust, and the Armitt Museum and Library. Paired with the Morgan’s exceptional collection of her picture letters, these objects trace how Potter’s innovative blend of scientific observation and imaginative storytelling shaped some of the world’s most popular children’s books.

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