Four themed display areas will trace Potter’s life from childhood, featuring a family album of photographs taken by her father and her earliest drawings and sketchbooks aged 8, through her original sketches of gardens and landscapes that are recognizable in The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, right up to her emotional final letter before her death in 1943 to her shepherd and friend Joseph Moscrop. Also on show will be:
- The dolls’ house built by her publisher and fiancé Norman Warne that inspired The Tale of Two Bad Mice.
-The intricately embroidered waistcoat and blue dress coat sketched by Potter on visits to the V&A, later to play a key role in her book The Tailor of Gloucester. These costumes will be shown alongside a sketch of the waistcoat and finished artwork.
- Potter’s clogs and her walking cane, complete with inset magnifying glass for taking a closer look at intriguing finds.
The exhibition runs from February 12, 2022 to January 8, 2023.