The Beatrix Potter Gallery
The Beatrix Potter Gallery has put on a new exhibition for this year, named ‘That Corner of the Lake District’. The gallery features many original drawings and other pieces from Beatrix. For an in-depth look on her work, the gallery definitely has an edge over Hilltop in our opinion (Potter’s home for many years during her life and a source of some of her most recognised books).
“For anyone who has ever been enchanted by Beatrix’s endearing characters, the gallery is the place to go to marvel at these miniature masterpieces.” – National Trust
Hawkshead village is an excellent base for exploring the countryside that inspired Beatrix and many other artists, authors and poets. Various properties owned by the National Trust within the area are able to provide you with a vast array of information.
There’s been a great deal of conservation work over the past years within the Lake District, and as a result the National Trust and many others have thought it right to celebrate the efforts made to conserve this beautiful landscape. This is where the National Trust wanted to mirror these celebrations. Displaying wonderful pieces from various locations throughout the lakes that inspired her work. Beatrix’s collection in a whole new light.
“The original artwork included in this year’s exhibition features scenes which have changed little since Beatrix Potter arrived here on her first Lake District holiday in 1882.”
(The following information has been sourced from the National Trust)
Using photos taken by her and her family we are able to compare and contrast the views we see today and how they looked when Beatrix was sketching them for the first time. It gives us a unique picture of how Hill Top, Sawrey and Hawkshead inspired her and have altered over the last 100 years.
Salvation for the Lake District
After becoming Mrs Heelis, Beatrix spent the last thirty years of her life amassing one of the largest estates in the Lake District. Influenced by her friend and National Trust founder, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, she not only assumed the role of land agent, managing farms and overseeing a variety of business ventures, she also acted as an advocate and fundraiser, believing the National Trust to be; “The only salvation for the Lake District.”
Beatrix had the opportunity and the means to bring her ideas about the preservation of the Lake District landscape and its unique culture to a “splendid reality”. To her great satisfaction she was able, through the success of her books, to protect many of the local scenes which had inspired the illustrations for her tales.
Today we think like Beatrix and continue her conservation work in the places she loved and fought to protect.