2016 marks 150 years since the birth of beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter — the creator of the much loved character, Peter Rabbit. Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London on 28 July of 1866. When she was 27 years old, Beatrix wrote an illustrated letter to Noel Moore, the son of Anne Moore (one of Beatrix’s former governesses). Nine years later, the story was in print!
A teenage Beatrix Potter with her pet mouse
I love this story of such a determined, interesting, inquisitive woman with an obvious love of nature. If you’re interested in reading more about the timeline of Beatrix Potter’s life and artistic evolution, this link sets it all out.
To celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter, The Royal Mint produced official UK 50p coins and the uncoloured coins featuring the designs will be released into general circulation later this year. In addition to Peter Rabbit, another three collectible coins will be released later in the year to make up a four piece collection. This is the first time a children’s literary character has appeared on a UK coin.