Art: Peter's Miss Potter

"Now, my dears," said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, "you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."

When Peter Rabbit squeezed under the forbidden gate into Mr. McGregor's garden he also wriggled forever into the lives of millions. Last week news reached the U.S. that Peter Rabbit's creator was dead. The end had come three days before Christmas to 77-year-old Mrs. William Heelis ("Beatrix Potter"), wife of a British solicitor, mistress...

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