Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author,
illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative
children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which
celebrated the British landscape and country life.
Born into a privileged Unitarian family, Potter, along with her younger brother,
Walter Bertram (1872–1918), grew up with few friends outside her large extended
family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature and enjoyed the countryside.
As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they
observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent in Scotland and in
the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which
was the subject of her painting from an early age.
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