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

[On what young husbands should say to their wives:] I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us… I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.

St. John Chrysostom


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