Objects from our Beatrix Potter collection

The large and varied collection at Hill Top and the Gallery give us a glimpse inside Beatrix Potter's magpie mind. There are some objects over 400 years old, such as antique furniture and original paintings but there are also many more modern items from across the world, all brought to this corner of the Lakes by Beatrix Potter. Each month we’ll be adding a new object on to this list to show you the kinds of things we’re looking after.

Doll in basinette from Hill Top Collection

August 2019

This tiny bassinette and doll, from Beatrix's doll’s house on display in Hill Top, features in two of the illustrations in the Tale of Two Bad Mice.

a miniature watering can from Hill Top

July 2019

This mini watering can, just 3cm high, isn't going to get Gardener Pete very far this month. From a selection of miniatures of similar designs to be found in the cabinet in the treasure room, we always expect a tiny pair of ears to be poking out the top!

A rubber Jemima Puddleduck model from the Beatrix Potter collection

June 2019

It's nice weather for ducks at the moment in the Lake District! The animal and merchandise theme continues this month with this rubber Jemima Puddle-Duck model. An early example of rubber merchandise; as you can see, rubber does not age well.

Tailor of Gloucester Mouse bookend from Hill Top

May 2019

This mouse bookend is an early example of the merchandise that Beatrix Potter was cannily creating from the start. It's made from plaster of Paris with a figure of Lady Mouse from 'The Tailor of Gloucester'; modelled by M.M. Jones for Warnes.

A jelly mould in the shape of a lion’s head

April 2019

Perhaps you had a rabbit shaped jelly this Easter? Not at Hill Top...Beatrix has this jelly mould in her collection, in the shape of a lion's head, as you do!

Bronze frog statue, 150cm high

March 2019

This bronze marching frog, resides in Hill Top. It does bear a resemblance to Jeremy Fisher but actually pre-dates the tale, so could potentially have inspired Beatrix when creating her popular frog character.

Beatrix Potter's simple spectacles and box

February 2019

This month we're taking a closer look at an item from the collection...these simple spectacles would have been essential for Beatrix as she worked with such minute detail on her sketches and illustrations. As her eyesight diminished in later life it became harder and harder for her to produce the beautiful illustrations.

Anna Maria Dresser at Hill Top Cumbria

January 2019

Happy New Year from Hill Top. This dresser is one of the most significant pieces of furniture in the house as it is featured in the iconic illustration from the Tale of Samuel Whiskers. It was made to order for Beatrix and is described by her in The Old Farmhouse at Hill Top: "Then there is the dresser with crooked legs, and great plates, of blue willow pattern".

This Grandfather clock is still on display in Hill Top's kitchen

December 2018

This longcase clock features in the 'The Tailor of Gloucester' - a story set at Christmas time, hence it being chosen as December's item! The clock can still be seen in the kitchen at Hill Top and is in perfect working order.