Illustrations by Beatrix Potter

Did you know that Beatrix Potter was an accomplished botanical illustrator? She painted mushrooms and plants long before she illustrated the children’s books for which she’s so well-known.

You can see her eye for the natural world in her later illustrations, like this water beetle in The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher. While Mrs. Potter never had children of her own, she had pets and collected natural history, fossil, and anthropological specimens throughout her life, giving her inspiration for her books.

See more of her scientific illustrations at the Armitt Collection

Read more about curious collections and collectors at Mental_Floss

440 notes

Show

  1. im-just-as-sane-as-luna reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  2. coniglioidrofobo reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  3. bowie-with--boobs reblogged this from taboop
  4. and-shewas reblogged this from taboop
  5. taboop reblogged this from dirtywitchypunx
  6. kyrrespatches reblogged this from dirtywitchypunx
  7. dirtywitchypunx reblogged this from natural-witchbitch
  8. shywolfeyes reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  9. in-tents reblogged this from o-nite
  10. soapbubblepopper reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  11. unlindoromanceentreelsolylaluna reblogged this from wiccan-faerie
  12. wiccan-faerie reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  13. captain-without-a-ship reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  14. eyeofthefreakstorm reblogged this from july-fourth-1996
  15. july-fourth-1996 reblogged this from themomentyouletgo
  16. a-query-mark-of-cordite reblogged this from thelyreoforpheus
  17. mllecyborg reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  18. capillariancrest reblogged this from gokhloe
  19. randomrafe reblogged this from christiangrrl
  20. endlesslinesofcoke reblogged this from katinfurs
  21. o-nite reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  22. christiangrrl reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  23. gokhloe reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  24. journeywithhelium reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  25. lottasweets reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  26. kittenishwitch reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  27. centaurus-aye reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  28. ekogline reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights
  29. thenothinginside reblogged this from the-darkest-of-lights