Contents and Arrangement

Herdwick ewe facing right, held by man in cap, circa 1929

1 item

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Lloyd E. Cotsen collection of Potter Family photographs consists primarily of photographs taken by Rupert Potter (1832-1914), father of children's book author Beatrix Potter (1866-1944). Rupert Potter was a prolific amateur photographer who made many portraits of Beatrix, of family members, and of friends. He also photographed the landscape of the Lake District, Cumbria, England, where the family spent their summers. In addition to Rupert Potter's photographs, the collection includes studio portraits of Potter family members taken by various commercial photographers; a few photographs taken by Beatrix as aids for illustration; and photographs of animals and farmsteads in the Lake District related to Beatrix Potter Heelis' career as sheep farmer and land preservationist from the 1910s to 1940s. The Cotsen Children's Library also houses a wide array of drawings, manuscripts, correspondence, printed works, merchandise, and ephemera related to the life and career of Beatrix Potter. Some of these materials, along with the photographs, are described in Margit Sperling Cotsen, The Beatrix Potter Collection of Lloyd Cotsen (Cotsen Occasional Press, 2004).

The collection comprises approximately 1300 items. Almost all are photographic prints, including albumen prints; platinum prints; gelatin or collodion printing out prints; and silver gelatin developing out prints. Also included are a group of photographs of Bertram Potter's landscape paintings, and several envelopes originally used to store groups of photos.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2006 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Permission to use the collection must approved by the Cotsen staff.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Permission to digitize or photograph materials from the collection must be granted by the Cotsen curator. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Herdwick ewe facing right, held by man in cap; Lloyd E. Cotsen Collection of Potter Family Photographs, COTSEN5, Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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