A collection of photographs taken by Beatrix Potter’s father, Rupert Potter, is up for auction today at 1818 Auctioneers in the Cumbria.
The 41 black and white photographs were taken in the late summers of 1909, 1911 and 1913, and one of them is believed to show Beatrix sat in the porch of Broad Leys, a house they rented by Lake Windermere in 1909.
At the time Beatrix was working on ‘The Tale of Ginger and Pickles’.
Rupert Potter was a keen and competent amateur photographer and a member of the Photographic Society of London.
Although his interest was portrait photography, the collection up for sale is of the house and gardens at Broad Leys and Lindeth How.
There are also views of Bowness and Windermere including the Old England Hotel dated 1911.
David Brookes, from 1818 Auctioneers, has put an estimate of £800 to £1,200 on the collection, which is being sold by an anonymous vendor whose family once worked for Beatrix’s mother in Windermere.