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Beatrix Potter related


Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866 and grew up living the conventionally sheltered life of a Victorian girl in a well-to-do household. She was educated at home by a governess with her brother Bertram. Her constant companions were the pet animals she kept which she enjoyed studying and sketching. On summer holidays she delighted in exploring the countryside and learning about plants and animals from her own observations. Beatrix Potter’s career as a children’s illustrator and storyteller began when The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne and Co. in 1902. The public loved it as soon as it appeared and Beatrix went on to produce on average two books a year until 1910. In the early years of publishing her editor was Norman Warne and they fell in love and became engaged in 1905. Unfortunately the marriage never took place as Norman died suddenly. The money she earned from her ‘little books', as she called them, gave her financial independence and she began to purchase property in her beloved Lake District. In 1913 she married William Heelis, a Lakeland solicitor, and made Sawrey her permanent home. Writing and painting began to take second place to farming, sheep-breeding and buying stretches of the beautiful Lakeland countryside to ensure their conservation. When she died in 1943 she left over 4,000 acres of land and fifteen farms to the nation.



Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, c. 1970-1980

The following collection comprises a series of original illustrations by Rainbow Designs of Beatrix Potter characters which were used for merchandise such as stationary, memo boards, and badges.

Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (design for box)
pen and ink and watercolour on paper
7.5 x 15 cm.

£295
(framed in oak)

A watercolour design for a box.

Jemima Puddle-Duck, Foxy, Benjamin Bunny and Mouse

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, c. 1970-1980

Jemima Puddle-Duck, Foxy, Benjamin Bunny and Mouse (design for box)
pen and ink and watercolour on paper
7.5 x 18 cm.

SOLD


A watercolour design for a box.

The world of Beatrix Potter

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, c. 1970-1980
The World of Beatrix Potter
pen and ink and watercolour on paper
6.5 x 20 cm.

£150
(framed)

A watercolour design for The World of Peter Rabbit showing six characters in miniature.


The Flopsy Bunnies

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, c. 1970-1980
Rabbit (design for box)
pen and ink and watercolour on paper
7 x 8 cm.

£150 (framed)

A watercolour design for a box.


Mr McGregor's Garden

basket of produce


Mr McGregor's Garden
Basket of produce
pen and ink and watercolour on paper

6.5 x 6.5 cm.; 9.5 x 11.5cm.

£195 (framed as one)

A watercolour design for a box.

Benjamin Bunny

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, c. 1970-1980
Benjamin Bunny
(design for envalope)
pen and ink and watercolour on paper
9.5 x 15 cm.

SOLD

A watercolour design for an envelope.

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, 1983
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (Design for badges and pocket mirrors)
pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on paper
printer's insctuctions to margins
15 x 19 cm.

£325
(framed)


Squirrel Nutkin

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, 1983
Squirrel Nutkin
pen and ink and watercolour on paper, laid onto card
10.5 x 7.5 cm. (irregular)

£285
(framed)


Peter Rabbit and friends

Rainbow Designs original artwork for Peter Rabbit Merchandise, c. 1970-1980
Peter Rabbit and Friends
(design for a height chart)
pen and ink and watercolour on board
90 x 26 cm.

£750
(framed)

A watercolour design for a height chart showing a number of Beatrix Potter's most lovable characters.

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