Throughout her life she made many studies of mushrooms, flowers, animals, birds, landscapes, and interiors, which still set a high standard of observation, even among natural science illustrators.
She was a stickler for truth to nature. As much as she adored Wind in the Willows, she once offered this gentle criticism:
Kenneth Grahame ought to have been an artist—at least all writers for children ought to have sufficient recognition of what things look like—did he not describe “Toad” as combing his hair? A mistake to fly in the face of nature—a frog may wear galoshes, but I don’t hold with toads having beards or wigs! So I prefer Badger.”
Artwork and quote from The Art of Beatrix Potter, © Frederick Warne Co, 1955.
Tomorrow: Motion Blur