Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary designer book covers

To celebrate 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, 5 top designers have been asked to recreate the covers of her most loved ‘little books’.  Henry Holland, Orla Kiely, Preen, Rodnik Band and Cats Brothers have created the eye-catching designs (The Tale of Tom Kitten by Rodnik Band is pictured here) which will appeal to both adults and children alike.  Over 2 million of Potter’s animal books are sold every year (over 45 million copies have been sold of The Tale of Peter Rabbit alone) and Potter herself was a fascinating woman.  She personally oversaw the launch of all ‘products’ including a Peter Rabbit doll in 1903, making Peter Rabbit the oldest licensed character in history and most importantly, giving Potter an independent income.  Single-minded and determined, Potter was an artist, botanist, farmer, businesswoman and environmentalist whose legacy of land and property to The National Trust on her death resulted in much of what we know to be the Lake District National Park today.  Other celebrations of the anniversary to look out for include a range of gifts, bedding and clothing in collaboration with Mothercare (find it here) and on 1st September, The Tale of Kitty In Boots will be published, a rediscovered manuscript in the V&A archives with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary designer book covers
£6.99 each
— Francesca
6th July 2016