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  • Artist/Maker:

    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

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Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is one of the world's best-loved children's authors and illustrators. She wrote the majority of the twenty-three Original Peter Rabbit Books between 1901 and 1913. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Frederick Warne, 1902) is her most famous and best-loved tale.

Rupert Potter was a major influence on his daughter's artistic development from an early age. In the 1860s Rupert had become fascinated by the new art of photography. He was elected a member of the Photographic Society of London and exhibited regularly at annual exhibitions. During the Potter family's long summer holidays in Scotland and the Lake District it was Beatrix's delight to accompany her father on photographic expeditions. Happy to be by his side and excited by the possibilities of the new art form, she became his favourite and most forbearing subject and later became an avid photographer herself, inheriting one of her father’s old cameras.


Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

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Height: 41.5 cm, Width: 24 cm

Object history note

Acquired by the V&A from Joan Duke in October 2006.

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Photograph taken by Rupert Potter.


Photography; Drawing; Photography



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Archive of Art and Design

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