Beatrix Potter

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Potter at fifteen years with her dog, Spot

Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-07-281943-12-22) was an English writer and illustrator who produced a series of much-loved children’s books. She was the subject of the 2006 biopic Miss Potter.


  • I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense...
    • Journal entry (1896-11-17), from the National Trust collection.
  • Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
  • Don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.
    • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • This is a Tale about a tail — a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin.

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