2016 marks 150 years since the birth of the legendary Beatrix Potter, arguably one of the most beloved children’s authors in the world. Her enchanting stories of Peter Rabbit and friends have captured children’s imaginations since Peter first appeared in 1902.
The notion of creating China figures of her characters first came from Ewart Beswick and his wife while holidaying in the Lake District – a location close to the author’s heart. The first model produced was based on Jemima Puddleduck and was swiftly followed by other models created by the Beswick artist Arthur Gredington.
Jemima was joined by Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten and Mrs Tittlemouse among many others!
The production of Beatrix Potter figures and other inspired wares was not only completed by Beswick but by Royal Albert and others.
As with all collectibles, one piece is swiftly joined by another and so the popularity of Beatrix’s charming characters continues to spread throughout the world.
My thanks to Seaway China for use of their images.
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