A few weeks ago, I posted about rogue taxidermy and featured a photograph of kittens having tea (Kittens Having Tea and Squirrels Dueling). Recently, from some random internet browsing, I discovered who created this piece. It is actually much older than I expected and is not the only unusual piece that this artist created…
Walter Potter started to experiment with taxidermy in 1854 (at the age of 19). Although his profession was traditional taxidermy, he is famous for his anthropomorphic dioramas. These were displayed in his family’s pub, The White Lion.
Some of my favorites:
The Rabbits’ Village School – 1888
Features 48 rabbits performing multiple tasks from math to sewing.
The Upper Ten or Squirrels Club – unknown date
18 European Red Squirrels in a gentlemen’s club.
The Lower Five or Rats Den – unknown date
Companion to The Upper Ten. Made up of 15 Brown Rats in a much more rambunctious setting than the squirrels.
The Kitten Wedding – 1890’s
Potter’s only display with clothed animals.
After the Victorian Era, however, interest in taxidermy wavered. Unfortunately, in 2003 the collection was broken up in an auction. All together, the collection (consisting of 13 pieces) sold for £97,700. It is such a pity that the pieces could not stay together.
A very happy Easter or Passover to everyone!!! =)
Many thanks for the pictures: