Monday, February 11, 2013

Beatrix Potter Original Drawing: The Mice Hear Simpkin Outside

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This delightful ink and watercolor on paper circa 1902 is in the Tate Gallery in London. Simpkin is the Tailer of Gloucester's cat. He rescued these mice from under a teacup where Simpkin had hidden them and out of gratitude they are helping him finish a waistcoat for the mayor's wedding on Christmas Day. Beatrix Potter based her story on a true happening in more here.
The Tate has 22 of Beatrix Potter's illustrations from her second book which she declared was her favorite. They were presented to the museum in 1946 by the artist's executor .. read more here.
Read the entire book free online compliments of Project Gutenberg eBook


Anonymous said...

thanks for the Beatrix Potter info, I love all of her stories, recently went to the Morgan Library show where they had some of her works on display, just lovely. and what a truly incredible shot of that bird, my just wonderful. Thanks Rosemary. I so look forward to your daily posts. Noelle

Anonymous said...

I love Beatrix Potter and her sweet renderings of simple creatures. I have painted in watercolor some of her bunnies on blown jumbo eggs and given them as gifts at Easter. I often would read her stories to my children when they were little.

Catt inKentucky

Karen/ said...

I'm a real fan, too. I have quite a collection - cannot pass up a Beatrix Potter book when I'm out junkin' estate sales, flea markets, etc. Enjoyed your post!