On This Day (December 16th) - The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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16th December 1901

Beatrix Potter publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 

Peter Rabbit is one of Beatrix Potter’s best known characters and children the world over are familiar with this classic tale of naughty Peter’s escape from Mr. McGregor’s garden.

Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London on the 28th of July 1866.

From a young age Beatrix was given art lessons and was awarded awarded an Art Student’s Certificate of the Art and Science Department of the South Kensington Museum, for model drawing and freehand.

In 1890 that Beatrix bought her first rabbit named Benjamin Bouncer, but following his death 3 years later bought a new rabbit, Peter. 

It was in 1893 whilst Beatrix was on holiday in Dunkeld that she sent an illustrated letter to a young friend who was ill, which tells the tale of Peter Rabbit for the first time.

In 1901, Beatrix Potter expanded on the letter and published a privately-printed edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit illustrated in black and white - and in 1902 the commercial edition is first published by Frederick Warne & Co.

Why not visit PeterRabbit.com and learn about all of Beatrix's characters, enjoy some fun and games, and read about the new festive book by Emma Thompson, The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit. 


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