Painting With The Girls 163
June 11, 2016
Day 163 (203 days to go)
Beatrix Potter had kept in touch with her last governess, Anne Moore, who she liked very much and became friends with. Beatrix had regularly written Anne’s three children many letters through the years. They especially appreciated the ones with little stories of rabbits and her beautiful drawings. In 1900, Anne Moore suggested that Beatrix continue with her stories and try to publish them because they were her kid’s favorites. She handed Beatrix a collection of her letters with stories and drawings she had saved.
Beatrix decided that the Tale of Peter Rabbit was worth working on again and used these materials as the foundation to her book.
Her financial situation with her family was not good, and her aging father was developing health difficulties.
As Beatrix reached age thirty-five, she showed even less interest in society or the process of meeting a suitable young man.
By 1901, she had had been to four publishers. Her Peter Rabbit book had been rejected or changed to something Beatrix didn’t like or consent to.
She published 250 copies of the book herself, and that year for Xmas, she handed The Tale of Peter Rabbit to many friends and relatives as a gift. She ordered another 500 copies for herself in case she would like it to be printed again. Frederick and Warne & Co., one of the publishers who had rejected her, took a new interest in the book as they found out an engraved block of the drawings already existed. Mr. Warne and his three sons who ran the publishing business asked Beatrix for her old manuscripts and told her the book would be better as a full color picture book. Her own edition had many black and white drawings because she wanted to keep it inexpensive. The company thought the size of the book and format was perfect for that competitive market. To add more color pages to the book she had to work closely with one of the three brothers who was the printing specialist. His name was Norman Warne, and soon he would become Beatrix Potter’s first love.
Letters from Beatrix Potter to the Moore children and Mr. Norman Warne, Beatrix Potter's editor.
Also check out the movie "Miss Potter". A treat for any girl who likes romance and the Victorian era.