Beatrix Potter – Drawn to Nature

Explore the places and animals that inspired beloved artist Beatrix Potter in this wonderful V&A exhibition. Peter Gray reports.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature celebrates the life and work of one of the UK’s best loved children’s authors by showcasing the depth and breadth of her work, from her achievements as a storyteller to her work as a natural scientist and conservationist.

The first exhibition to tell the complete life story of the writer, the new show includes over two hundred personal objects associated with Potter, with rarely seen letters, manuscripts, sketches, coded diaries, family photographs, commercial merchandise, and personal artefacts.

Potter is primarily known today for her children’s books and the fanciful and delightful characters which graced them. The writer was much more than just a writer of admittedly excellent children’s books, however. Potter was also an enthusiastic conservationist and natural scientist whose studies of fungi (mycology) included pioneering work on fungal germination and hybridisation.

Drawn to Nature follows the writer’s journey from urban creative to rural landowner and conservationist, with the four sections of the exhibition (Town and Country, Under the Microscope, A Natural Storyteller and Living Nature) tracing the evolution of Potter ideas on everything from farming to science.

Town and Country explores Potter’s childhood in South Kensington; Under the Microscope, meanwhile, highlights the writer’s interest in natural science. A Natural Storyteller details Potters emergence as a bestselling author while Living Nature follows Potters journey to the Lake District and the passions that the trip aroused.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature will be at the V&A until Sunday the 8th of January 2023. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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What: exhibition
When: until 8 Jan 23
Where: Kensington