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Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
November 2, 2012 through January 27, 2013


Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
"My rabbit Peter is so lazy."
Autograph letter signed to Noël Moore, 4 February 1895
Gift of Colonel David McC. McKell, 1959; MA 2009.2

See online exhibition » This exhibition tells 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. Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters brings together for the first time twenty-two letters from important American private holdings as well as from three major institutional collections: the Morgan, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University. Illustrated with pen-drawn vignettes, the letters are displayed with more than eighty related items, including printed books, original artwork, manuscripts, and early children's toys and games inspired by Potter's stories.

This exhibition is underwritten by Barbara and James Runde, and by Susan and Peter Solomon and Peter J. Solomon Company, L. P. Major funding is provided by Barbara Hanson Pierce, Michael Francis Hanson, and Robert Hixon Hanson in memory of their mother, Margaret Hixon Hanson. Further generous support is provided by The Caroline Macomber Fund, Rudy and Sara Ruggles, Justin G. Schiller, Ltd., and The Frelinghuysen Foundation.

Sponsored by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.


Related Programs:

Family Programs
Sunday Storytime in Mr. Morgan’s Library
Every Sunday, at 11:30 am and 2:30 p.m., through January 27, 2013

<Gallery Talk
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
Friday, January 11, 7 p.m.

Family Programs
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
Saturday January 12, 2–3 p.m.

Adult Workshop
Learning from Beatrix Potter: Children's Book Design 101
Friday, January 18, 6–9 p.m.

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