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Beatrix Potter exhibition will mark 150th anniversary

Children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter Credit: PA

A collection of watercolours and drawings by children's illustrator and author Beatrix Potter is set to be exhibited to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth.

Thirty original artworks by the creator of books including the Tale of Peter Rabbit will go on show alongside a selection of vintage dolls and figurines.

Characters from Beatrix Potter stories Credit: PA

Held at the National Trust-run Mottisfont near Romsey, Hampshire, the exhibition will showcase pieces rarely seen outside their permanent home in the Lake District due to light sensitivity.

Characters from Beatrix Potter stories Credit: PA

Curator Louise Govier said: "These are wonderful works, and they're surprisingly subversive. I think we love them because they delight in naughtiness and the sometimes irrepressible urge to play."

Potter, who died aged 77 in 1943, used money she earned from her books to buy farms and land that were under threat of development.

The two-month-long exhibition at Mottisfont, entitled Beatrix Potter: Play and Childhood, runs from July 16 to September 18.