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The art and science of Beatrix Potter

Water lilies drawing

Event schedule details

Saturday 18 June


Event location details

Flett Lecture Theatre

Natural History Museum

Beatrix Potter’s children’s books are adored by millions but were just one feature of her remarkable life. Potter straddled the boundary between art and science by creating much-loved characters using her detailed illustrations of English wildlife and storytelling skills. In addition to being a talented artist and author, Potter was also a natural scientist, conservationist and entrepreneur.

The V&A’s Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the best loved children's authors of the 20th century. Join the curator of this exhibition, Annemarie Bilclough, to discuss Potter’s achievements in science and art, and to get a glimpse into the life of this extraordinary woman.

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Image: Water lilies, Esthwaite Water, Cumbria. ca 1906. Given by the Linder Collection, (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London, courtesy of Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd

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Water lilies drawing