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Beatrix Potter Journal: On the Pond

6 x 8.25 inches
100 lined pages

A lovely gift or keepsake, this hardcover journal is sure to inspire words of serenity! Featuring an image from the collections of the Morgan, this “picture letter” was written by Beatrix Potter to a regular correspondent of hers: Noël Moore. This journal is a perfect compact size for on the go and features a soft-touch laminate coating, a ribbon page marker and 100 lined pages of ivory paper.

The Lake District in northwest England was a vacation spot favored by the Potter family, especially Beatrix, who eventually settled in the vicinity. She frequently sketched the marshland scenery around Esthwaite Water, which probably inspired parts of The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher. Other picture letters contain the rudiments of that story, in which Jeremy embarks on his fishing adventures by rowing out on a river, an idea prompted by holiday excursions along the River Tay in Scotland. In the published version, however, Jeremy flirts with danger while floating on a lily pad like those depicted in this letter. Potter's experiences on Esthwaite Water may have convinced her that a tranquil pond would be a better setting for an afternoon idyll on the water, the mood broken only briefly by delightfully absurd, nearly fatal developments in a deceptively simple plot.

My dear Noël,
I hope that you are all very well. We are having a very good time here. It is such a pretty place, and we have a boat