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The Tale of Beatrix Potter and Ernest Aris

9 April, 2016 - 17 April, 2016

DISPLAY: In 1916 Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) engaged a prolific commercial artist, Ernest Aris (1882-1963), to illustrate her story, ‘The Oakmen’. She sent Aris a set of pencil designs for the illustrations, with instructions for colour and composition, but concealed both the story and her own identity.

Potter was forced to abandon the story over doubts about its originality and the book was never published. This display features drawings and correspondence relating to the ‘The Oakmen’, as well as several recently discovered illustrations by Aris acquired as part of a generous gift to the Museum in 2014.

The FREE exhibition is located in Leighton, Gallery Room 102

Hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum


The V & A Museum
Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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020 7942 2000


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