Person Female Born 28/7/1866 Died 22/12/1943
Artist, writer and sheep breeder. Born Helen Beatrix Potter at 2 Bolton Gardens, South Kensington and brought up in London. She used her second name to distinguish herself from her mother. Her first book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' came about through the illustrated letters she sent to the children of her last governess. In 1905 she became engaged to her editor Norman Warne, who died only weeks later. She moved to Hill Top farm in the lake district where she became a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep. Died at Castle Cottage, near Sawrey, Cumbria.
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