Saturday, September 28, 2019

Unseen Beatrix Potter drawings found inside books at Melford Hall Suffolk








Hooray for the cleaning lady who discovered these unseen drawings while she was dusting the books at Melford Hall, a stately mansion in Suffolk England. The delicate drawings depict scenes inside and outside Melford Hall, a Tudor mansion owned by relatives of Potter, whom she visited often between 1899 and 1938. Potter and her cousin Ethel Leech were very close, growing up together in Kensington. After Leech married Reverend Sir William Hyde Parker in 1890, Potter would often stay with her at Melford Hall. Read the entire article here. Old books hide many secrets, don't they? xo

4 comments:

lisa said...

Oh, I so love it when you post illustrations by Beatrix Potter, Rosemary. I just adore her children's stories and wonderful pictures. Thank you so very much!

tammy j said...

such treasures you find for us! I love peeking into the lives of favorite people. I can see her visiting her friend there! I thank you too! xo

JudyMac said...

Great finds in old books! I have a friend who could use one of those garden claws like you found at the “fire” sale. But since the dirt here is now hard as a brick from no rain in weeks, i’m Sure it would take a little elbow grease to turn one. :-)

Content in a Cottage said...

JudyMac -- Judy, We are as dry as a bone here too. I have only used the Garden Claw in gravel and my front garden which has a base of wood chips. The way the handle bars are curved makes for easy turning. I was shocked at the eBay price. I got my claw and a big cardboard box of assorted lightbulbs (I needed the outdoor spotlight ones) and an old tool box painted robin's egg blue for $10.00 total. I have already given away two birthday presents and a baby shower present from Saturday's pickings. Such a fun way to support the Fire Department and get good junk in the process. I spent around $50 including lunch.
xo, Rosemary