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Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy

Pat Morris - Author

Joanna Ebenstein - Author

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ISBN 9780399169441 | 144 pages | 17 Apr 2014 | Blue Rider Press | 9.01 x 8.50in | 18 - AND UP
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Walter Potter (18351918), a British country taxidermist of no great expertise, built anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux that became famous icons of Victorian whimsy, including his masterpiece Walter Potters Curious World of Taxidermy. His tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, was crammed full of multi-legged kittens, two-headed lambs, and a bewildering assortment of curios. Potters 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 Potters best-loved works. Darkly witty and affecting, Walter Potters Curious World of Taxidermy makes a charming, whimsical (and yes, slightly morbid) gift.


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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