Beatrix Potter Gallery

The Lake District

As well as being a children's author, Beatrix Potter was also a talented botanical painter and amateur naturalist. This small gallery, housed in what were once the offices of Potter's husband, solicitor William Heelis, contains a collection of her watercolours depicting local flora and fauna. She was particularly fascinated by mushrooms.

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