This magical, family-friendly exhibition celebrates the creative and ecological achievements of the beloved English author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943). In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first published in London in 1901, and twenty-two other children’s books, Potter imagined an enchanting world of animals and gardens.

Through letters, photographs, sketches, watercolors, and more, this exhibition explores how Potter developed her stories and characters. It also reveals that Potter’s books were just one manifestation of her love of nature—she engaged in scientific studies, farming, and land conservation as well. Drawn to Nature shows all these facets of Potter’s remarkable life and legacy in vibrant detail.

Created by the V&A – Touring the World 

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Supported in part by the

Sandra Schatten Foundation

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Events and programs

Member Event
Thursday, April 6, 12:00–5:30 p.m.

Member Preview: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Thursday, April 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Curator’s Perspective: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Member Event
Sunday, April 23, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Member Morning: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Saturday, May 20, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Lecture: Introducing Beatrix Potter

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Thursday, September 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Lecture: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

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