Saturday, 28 June 2008

Just pottering about

Walter Potters's original museum in Bamber.

The Death and Burial of Cock Robin

The Kittens' Tea Party

Monkey Riding a Goat, with Spot, the dog with a charmed life, in the foreground.
According to legend, the monkey and the goat were both mischievous beasts - the monkey raided a fruit shop in Shoreham and the owner threw a bucket of cold water over him. The shock unfortunately proved fatal. The goat came from Wiston Park where no fence or hedge could keep him in. When they finally met their end it was thought suitable that the monkey could ride the goat and keep him in hand in perpetuity.

The Guinea Pig's Cricket Match

The Lower Five

The Kitten Wedding

There is a new book chronicling the work of Walter Potter, Walter Potter and his Museum of Curious Taxidermy by P.A. Morris.
Walter Potter was a self taught Victorian taxidermist who created one of the most popular collections in Britain. The British are nothing if not sentimental about animals. And his anthropomorphic tableaux appealed to that sentimentality for more than 140 years.

The collection was dispersed at a two-day sale held by Bonhams in 2002.

The full Bonhams catalogue.

Now playing on iTunes: Simply Red - Little Englander
via FoxyTunes


Pigtown-Design said...

I must forward this to the brother-in-law... he will love it.

lady jicky said...

This is the strangest thing I have ever read. I have never heard of Walter Potter and thank god I am not a monkey! LOL


How did you hear about this and where can I get a copy? It's wonderful.
Lisa & Alfie

HOBAC said...

fairfax - should you get to London, there is a copy waiting with his name on it.

HOBAC said...

LJ - a naughty money ;-)

HOBAC said...

L&A - as soon as the copies are in I will let you know.