Mice, kittens and mischief arrive in Newcastle as Beatrix Potter exhibit opens

One of the nations favourite childhood memories will be brought to life this autumn in Newcastle.

Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books in Newcastle, will be hosting an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original artwork.

The venue will be celebrating 150 years of Miss Potter’s illustrations and stories with 29 frames of artwork of curious kittens, mischievous mice and many others on loan from the National Trust.

For the fine watercolours and sketches, Beatrix Potter drew her inspiration from the beauty of nature, which surrounded her Hill Top in the Lake District.

With an acute eye for animal behaviour, many of Beatrix Potter’s tales feature many of her own pets, which she animated with rich characters adding her often dark and mischievous humour. She was passionate about protecting the nature beauty of the Lake District and, after her death in 1943, her land, property and artwork were left to the National Trust.

Original artwork for two bad mice by Beatrix Potter
Original artwork for two bad mice by Beatrix Potter

Daniel Moorhouse, 25, from Darlington, recently bought all of Beatrix Potter’s published books as a gift for his godson’s first birthday.

He said: “When I was young, my mum bought the books for me and used to read them to me which helped me learn to read. I really enjoyed them and want my godson to enjoy them the same way I did when I was little.”

Also many people remember her books and stories for their “absolutely gorgeous illustrations”such as Hannah Reed, 21, who works at Waterstones bookshop in Newcastle. She find her tales still resonate today and are so universal because they deal with everyday life and problems which helps them pass the test of time.

Beatrix Potter was ahead of her time when it comes to marketing. Also on display there’ll be original pieces of ideas for merchandise such as little figures of Peter Rabbit and all his friends.

For the youngest visitors there are toys, animal headdress, colouring books and set of all Beatrix Potter’s books so they can enjoy reading them while dressed as their favourite character.

The exhibition runs from the beginning of October until Sunday January 8 2017.

For further details you can visit Seven Stories’ website: www.sevenstories.org.uk

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