Monday, 11 August 2008

Pottering about

Let's have a Beatrix Potter moment. It's easy and enjoyable to ascribe human characteristics to other animals, presumably completely wrongly. These two Early Thorns could easily be Patsy and Edina tottering off in Absolutely Fabulous. Or maybe a couple of Leeds ancients heading for Matthias Robinson's department store in the 1950s. In fact, I'm not at all sure they're even aware of one another, though click on the pic to look at those eyes. Here's a second picture which I've captioned Togetherness. But I don't suppose the Silver Y and the Dun-bar are really sharing a quality moment at all.

Beatrix Potter wasn't greatly interested in insects, apart from in The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, which features not only a Red Admiral butterfly but also woodlice. They seldom get a part in fiction or art. She also did a fine water beetle in The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.

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