Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy
Walter Potter (1835-1918), a country taxidermist of little expertise, became a well-known icon of Victorian whimsy due to his tiny taxidermy museum, a fantastical world of kitten tea parties, rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels, and a bewildering collection of other oddities and curios. Since the museum's closure in the 1970's, it was occasionally re-established before his works were auctioned off and ultimately dispersed. Despite this tragic loss of a true Victorian legacy, Potter's unique work continues to influence contemporary artists and taxidermists through photographs. Here, quite possibly for the last time, Potter's collection is preserved and celebrated with new photographs of his most beloved works. *PLEASE NOTE: Walter Potter did not kill animals for taxidermy. His first attempt at taxidermy was to preserve the body of his own pet canary after it had passed away. The local townspeople gave him their own perished pets, and he received rodents and kittens from farmers who had exterminated them as pests (a sad but common practice on farm at the time).
- 9.5" x 9"
- Cloth Bound Hardback
- 128 Pages
- Over 100 full color images
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