Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy

Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy


Format
Hardcover
Price
$19.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399169441
  • 144 Pages
  • Blue Rider Press
  • Adult

Overview

Welcome to Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter’s fantasy world of rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels and exemplary feline etiquette in Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy…
 
Walter Potter (1835–1918), a British country taxidermist of no great expertise, built anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux that became famous icons of Victorian whimsy, including his masterpiece The Death & Burial of Cock Robin. His tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, was crammed full of multi-legged kittens, two-headed lambs, and a bewildering assortment of curios. Potter’s inspired and beguiling tableaux found many fans in the contemporary art world: it was reported that a £1M bid by Damien Hirst to keep the collection intact was refused when the museum finally closed. Here, perhaps for the last time, many important pieces from the collection are showcased and celebrated with new photographs of Potter’s best-loved works. Darkly witty and affecting, Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy makes a charming, whimsical (and yes, slightly morbid) gift.
Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy

Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

Pat Morris, Joanna Ebenstein

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Praise

Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy is one of the most important books I’ve read on Victorian taxidermy in months. It’s like Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, but with squirrels.”—Gary Shteyngart, T Magazine, The New York Times

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4/10/14

The macabre but endearing subjects of Dr. Pat Morris and Joanna Ebenstein’s Water Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy are already attracting the attention of discerning critics. In the New… Read more >

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