POTTER, RUPERT. A collection of 200 photographs, the majority depicting scenes of the Potter's vacation spots primarily in the Lake District and Scotland. 1879-1912. Mostly albumen prints (a few platinum prints). Together 200 prints, various sizes, measuring approximately 163 x 212 mm. (6 3/8 x 8 3/8 in.) to 71 x 97 mm. (2¾ x 3 13/16 in.), condition varies (some with fading or minor edgewear), but overall very good; housed in two cloth folding cases. Most of the prints are signed in pencil or stamped on verso by Rupert Potter and identified and/or dated.
Rupert Potter took up amateur photography as a young man when the new art form was gaining in popularity. He became a skilled photographer, practicing his interest with great enthusiasm, especially on holidays in the country with his family. He was elected to the Photographic Society of London in ----. "Although he never photographed professionally, Rupert Potter often worked for his friend, John Everett Millais, providing him with photographs of his sitters as portrait references and sometimes even with a landscape or two for the backgrounds."--The Artist and Her World, p. 11.
This interesting collection of Potter's photographs, record some of these holiday travels in the Lake District and Scotland. Also there are many views in Rupert Potter's latter years in London. The group includes three scenes including Beatrix, one of Bertram, one showing Rupert, and one of Beatrix's grandfather, Edmund Potter. Others of particular interest are: "Wray Castle Sept. 1882," showing Beatrix and her dog, Spot, in a rowboat; "Ely Aug. 27/83" (see Potter's Journal, p. 50); "Peterborough Cathedral Sep. 17/83," showing Beatrix's grandfather, Edmund, seriously ill standing in front of the cathedral (probably the last photo of Edmund, he died on Oct. 30 [see Journal, p. 53]); Linholm, Keswick "Sep. 1885"; Camfield(?), showing Beatrix seated with her dog "Spot" in her pony trap and her new pony "Bobby"; Bertram with boats on shore of lake "Aug. 1887"; "Glamis Castle July 27 1893," a self-portrait showing Rupert Potter seated on the grounds of the castle; scenes at Eastwood in Dunkeld where on Sept. 4, Beatrix wrote the famous Peter Rabbit letter to Noël Moore; "Manorlies(?) Castle Ap. 1900," showing Beatrix standing before the ruins in Pembrokeshire; "Fawe Park Aug 21 1903," showing the interior view of Fawe Park; and numerous others. (200)