Beatrix Potter ‘Image and Reality’ A portrait of an extraordinary woman
Exhibition at the Armitt Museum and Library in Ambleside, Cumbria
"Between 1888 and 1898 Beatrix Potter developed a passion for the study of mycology, culminating in her research paper on the germination of macro-fungi being presented to England’s oldest natural history organisation, The Linnean Society in London. The intriguing outcome of her venture into Victorian science can be discovered in ‘Image and Reality’.
During this period she produced over 450 drawings and watercolours to support her research. These works have the almost unique distinction of being both scientifically accurate and beautiful works of art. She herself considered them to be amongst her best work. On her death she left her portfolios of mycological work to the Armitt and we are proud to be the custodian of her scientific legacy.”
See also: Beatrix Potter’s scientific pictures on show in Cumbria