After six rejections from publishers, she decided to publish the book herself in 1901 and on the strength of it was then taken on by the publisher Frederick Warne.The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co.

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Tthere she met a local solicitor, William Heelis, who became her husband in 1913.

As well as sheep farming, she developed a keen interest in conservation after becoming friendly with a founder member of the National Trust, and in her will she left the Trust 14 farms and over 4,000 acres .

Her father, a barrister, was keen on art and photography and her parents mixed socially with writers, artists and politicians.

They were too busy to spend much time with Beatrix and she was educated at home by a governess.

Later she became a farmer, sheep-breeder and conservationist.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit grew from some of her letters to the children of her former governess which she had illustrated seven years previously in 1893.

I will also tell you a little about the Beswick factory, the Beswick designers and the important significance of Beswick Backstamps.

My lifelong affection for Beatrix Potter figures began when I was given a Beswick figurine, Jeremy Fisher for my birthday sixty years ago.

in 1902 with an initial 8000 copies printed and the tale has never been out of print since.

Beatrix Potter went on to publish another 22 little books over the next 28 years.

The figurine on the left is the standard Beswick Beatrix Potter Tommy Brock BP 3a Ca.