Potter, Beatrix (1866 – 1943)
A good illustrated autograph letter signed by Beatrix Potter, ‘Beatrix Heelis’, January 9th 1943.
She writes from Castle Cottage to Margaret ‘Hetty’ Douglas, in full: ‘Spot looks a sensible dog and very well set up on his legs, and strong enough to take care of himself. He looks a very suitable dog, for guard and company. A good brown chest, and a very pleasing face—well marked. Tell him I approve of him and I approve of his dear whiskers! I hope you won’t clip him into an object when he is middle-aged and stout. We were glad to hear that you and Ina are getting on all right.’
‘It’s unpleasant weather, an awfully wild night (Monday morning) but pleasantly surprised to see no worse snow, and thawing a bit. The roads are like glass. With love & all good wishes for New YearPotter adds a small sketch of a bearded dog within the body of the letter. In fine condition, with light creasing and intersecting folds.
Hetty Douglas was the niece of Mary Welsh Scott, the wife of Beatrix’s younger brother, Walter Bertram. During their childhood both Beatrix and her brother kept an array of pets—rabbits, mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, and a bat—creatures that helped unify their love for nature and art by serving as models for their endless sketching.