Beatrix Potter was a talented watercolourist, particularly of the natural world, from an early age and her paintings and drawings are now in collections, both private and public, all over the world.
Shown here is a small collection of her watercolours.
This watercolour, painted by Beatrix Potter in the 1890s (it is undated), The watercolour was ‘from the collection of Jim and Mollie Gaddum and thence by family descent’. Jim (Walter) and Mollie were the children of Beatrix’s cousin, Edith Gaddum, who lived at Brockhole in the Lake District and to whom she wrote several picture letters. I now belongs to The Beatrix Potter Society and is on long term loan to the V&A where an appointment can be made to view it.
William Heelis introduced Beatrix Potter to the Armitt Library, Ambleside, of which he was an early Trustee. Beatrix considered the Armitt, which from the beginning concentrated on local history, art and literature, to be of potential benefit to the area. She felt it was a suitable place to hold her watercolours of fungi and mosses, the microscope studies and the watercolours of Roman artifacts and bequeathed them to the Library before she died. She also gave the Library a selection of her fathers’ and her own books, including some rare volumes.