The Art of Beatrix Potter: Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations



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This magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other beloved children's books. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems--ranging from character sketches and notebook pages to watercolor landscapes and natural history illustrations--this monograph explores Potter's artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work. Organized geographically and featuring more than 200 images from the artist's oeuvre, The Art of Beatrix Potter includes illuminating essays by Potter scholar Linda Lear, illustration historian Steven Heller, and children's book illustrator Eleanor Taylor. It is the definitive volume on one of the world's most influential authors, a woman whose artistry, until now, has not been fully celebrated.

"Cozy up with Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck in The Art of Beatrix Potter. This new collection, focusing on more than 200 of the British author and brilliant naturalist's watercolors and sketches, is an enchanting tour through the nooks and crannies Potter plumbed for her tales. Which, yes, you'll want to read all over again." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"These sketches, illos, and paintings from the Peter Rabbit author add a rich new dimension to her legacy." --Entertainment Weekly

"Families fond of the delicate watercolors and droll English country stories of Beatrix Potter will find much to enchant in The Art of Beatrix Potter, an elegant assortment of her sketches, paintings and illustrations. Among the delights: Potter's sketch in watercolor of the dramatic swoop of the Newlands Valley, the same parti-colored landscape that little Lucie trots through in The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle." --The Wall Street Journal

"Emily Zach's book The Art of Beatrix Potter shows the beloved children's author was far more than a tweedy Victorian, wandering the meadows. She was an artist of astonishing range." --The Seattle Times


Beatrix Potter
Emily Zach, Steven Heller, Linda Lear, Eleanor Taylor

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket


Zach, Steven Heller, Linda Lear, Eleanor Taylor

Publishing Information

San Francisco
Later printing

Physical Description

11.3 inches
8.3 inches
256 pages
over 200 color and black & white illustrations
pictorial boards

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