Beatrix Potter Characters
The Beatrix Potter soft toys were issued as part of the "Nisbet Childhood Classics" series, and first appeared in the 1977 Silver Jubilee Collectors Reference book.
|Character||Regular (15")||Miniature (8")|
Shown below are two of the "Regular" (15 inch) (red background),
and six of the nine "Miniature" (8 inch) (blue background) characters
Born Helen Beatrix Potter, on 28th July 1866, she became one of our best known and best loved authors of children’s books, most famously, “The Story of Peter Rabbit”
Beatrix was born into a privileged and wealthy household, but was educated by a succession of governesses, and grew up isolated from other children – in fact, although she had a brother, Bertram, he was rarely at home, being educated at Boarding School.
She had numerous pets, and developed a deep love of both flora and fauna. Family holidays in both the Lake District and Scotland gave her a love of landscape. (She became particularly fond of the Lake District, and eventually died there). Her close observations of her many pets and the landscapes she loved led to an interest in painting, at which she excelled.
Despite intellectual development being discouraged by her parents, her study and paintings of fungi led to her gaining wide respect in the field of mycology. In her thirties, Beatrix published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, and the success of the book led to a career as an author. The financial independence this gave Beatrix allowed her to break away from her family, and she went to live in her beloved Lake District. Her wealth allowed her to buy many farms, and to preserve and protect them from developers, (even a problem in those days!). Her eventual marriage to local solicitor William Heelis is a love story beautifully told in the 2006 film “Miss Potter”, starring Reneé Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, and Lloyd Owen. Beatrix died on 22nd December 1943, aged 77, near Sawrey, in her beloved Lake District