Biography Beatrix Potter

Biography of Beatrix Potter


"Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist"


Helen Beatrix Potter was the daughter of Rupert William Potter and Helen Leech was born on the 28th July 1866 and died on 22nd of December 1943. Beatrix Potter had a brother Walter Bertram who was born in 1871. She was born in a rich upper-class home and had several governesses until she turned eighteen and grew up with few friends.


As children, Helen and William had numerous pets and spent holidays in the south of England, Scotland, and in the English Lake District where she developed a love of the natural world and began  sketching and keeping small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians as pets. Her parents were artistic and also interested in nature and the outdoors.

Beatrix was educated broad in languages, literature, science and history and was an eager student. She was also provided with private art lessons, but preferred developing her own style, her favorite was watercolors.

When Miss Potter was in her twenties, she studied on fungi mycology, ancient artifacts archeology, and geology, of which she made numerous drawings of lichens and fungi. As the result of her observations, Miss Potter was widely respected throughout England as an expert mycologist for her reproduction of fungi spores and scientific illustrations.

In her thirties, Miss Potter published her first children’s book and was best known by kids and adults all over the world as the author of children's books that features anthropomorphic Beatrix Potter characters such as the beloved stories of; The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Ginger and Pickles, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse, The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and many more Beatrix Potter books of which she became very successful.

In 1901 she sent the tale of Peter Rabbit to six publishers, but was rejected by all of them because of the lack of color pictures, which were very popular at the time.

That didn't stopped her, in September 1901, she decided to self-publish and distribute 250 copies of  The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Later that year, she attracted the publisher Frederick Warne & Co and a publishing contract was signed in June 1902. By the end of that year, 28,000 copies of the tales of Peter Rabbit were in print.


In 1903 she then followed Peter Rabbit with the tale of Squirrel Nutkin. Between 1902 to 1918 Beatrix Potter have published 23 children's books which remains an all-time favorite stories of kids and adults, which make her the best known children’s author of her time.

In July 1905, Potter purchased Hill Top Farm in Sawrey, Lancashire, a tiny village in the English Lake District near Ambleside from the sales profits from her books and a small legacy that was left from an aunt. Her tales then took inspiration from the farm, its woodland surroundings, and nearby villages. She loved the landscape, and visited the farm as often as she could, over the next several decades she went on to buy more land in the area to preserve the wonderful hill country landscape.


Helen Beatrix Potter married William Heelis in 1913, at the age of 47, Heelis was a respected local solicitor from Hawkshead. She become a sheep breeder, continued to write and illustrate children's books for Warne after her marriage and had no children of her own.

Her land management duties and her poor eyesight in 1920 made her writing declined, but amidst her diminishing eyesight The Tale of Little Pig Robinson was published in 1930.

Potter died on 22 December 1943 at Castle Cottage, near Sawrey, leaving almost all of her property to National Trust of 4,000 acres of land, cottages, and 15 farms. She was credited for preserving much of the land that's now comprise of the Lake District National Park, which was opened to visitors in 1946, and her original artwork was displayed there until 1985.

Today Beatrix Potter’s stories continues to sell world wide, though written over 100 years ago. Its sold in different languages with millions of copies of the beloved tales of Beatrix Potter Stories.


In 2006, Miss Potter, a biographical film was released, starring Renée Zellweger, along with actors; Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson.


Features a dramatic story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.



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Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales







Watch this special documentary about Beatrix Potter, by Patricia Routledge Patricia Routledge. It was done to celebrate 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.  See what Patricia discovers about Beatrix's imagination and understanding for animals!  Click Here>>>