The images below are from The Beatrix Potter Society’s collection of glass negatives taken by Rupert Potter, Beatrix’s father.
‘A little girl in a print frock and striped stockings’ is how Beatrix Potter recalls her younger self in her Journal for 14 June 1884. She may just have been remembering the past, but equally she may have had an actual photograph in mind. Certainly she knew of the early photographs of herself and her family, and carefully preserved them in her later years. Rupert Potter, Beatrix’s father, was a very keen amateur photographer from the early years of the art. The most obvious subjects for Rupert Potter’s camera were his family and friends, and in particular his little daughter, of whom he was very fond.