Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Morgan Library explores the life and work of legendary author Beatrix Potter

Art Daily Newsletter
Beatrix Potter, Illustration from The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. 87742. Gift of Julia P. Wightman, 1991.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other books by Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) have become classics of children’s literature and represent one of the most successful publishing enterprises in the history of the British book trade. Yet Peter Rabbit began not as a commercial publishing venture, but as a story created to entertain the child of a family friend—all told in an eight-page letter illustrated with pen-drawn vignettes. The Morgan Library & Museum explores the extraordinary tale of how a largely self-taught artist and writer used a series of private letters to develop some of the most vividly depicted animal characters in all of children’s literature—in the process creating a wholly original artistic and literary style. On view until January 27, 2013, Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters brings together for the first time twenty ... More

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