Beatrix Potter: Mycologist, Illustrator, And Author

Closeup of a mushroom growing out of the forest floor

There are many pioneers in the study of plants and fungi. One of these is Beatrix Potter, naturalist and mycologist. One of the talents she was most celebrated for were her illustrations. Beatrix Potter’s drawings of fungi were incredibly detailed and accurate. When she was in her early 20s she began painting accurate representations of mycological subjects. Today she is best known for the beloved children’s book Peter Rabbit and others, but her fascination with fungi spanned her life. Beatrix Potter’s Mycological Beginnings Many of us are familiar with Peter Rabbit, a story about an unruly and strong headed young rabbit who gets himself into trouble. But the author of this book is also a researcher, artist, and mycological enthusiast. Beatrix Potter mycology illustrations are crisp, realistic representations of the field specimens she observed. She had a lifelong passion for nature and the small fungal organisms it houses. As a […]

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