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.
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