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Beatrix Potter before she was famous...

May 14, 2014

Sherna Noah

A PICTURE of Beatrix Potter on holiday in the Borders with her father and brother years before she became a famous author has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

The image in Coldstream, with her father Rupert and brother Bertram, which dates back to 1894, came before The Tale Of Peter Rabbit and The Tale Of Squirrel Nutkin sold millions of copies around the world.

Rupert's photography is now the subject of an exhibition at the London gallery, and his famous daughter features in two of his images.

Another photograph shows the author with her father and the Potters' family friend Hardwicke Rawnsley in the Lake District, the area which inspired her stories and illustrations, after she had published eight of her books.

The images, both taken by Rupert, feature in a display at the gallery to mark the centenary of the lawyer and amateur photographer's death.

Both images were recently bought at auction by the gallery.

Frederick Warne published 8,000 copies of Potter's first book, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, in 1902. The World Of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and Friends, runs until November 16.

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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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