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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Golden-Mouthed indeed

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I basically practiced calligraphy for six months so I could do this because, truth be told, I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the original version (almost a year old now). And if you compare them side-by-side, the difference is exceedingly clear. Yeah. The new one is better. Way better. Features additional locations, burned edges, and several other minor corrections.

Again, I included close-ups for the tiny text. The paper has a slight texture to it (cold press) which means that a lot of attention and care is needed because those tiny steel nibs will catch onto it causing the ink in the reservoir to get everywhere. There was a lot of trial and error to get this right so I hope there’s at least a few people out there who will appreciate it.