The other Mr. Potter

My sister-in-law went on a trip to England a few years ago, and her favorite stop on the whole trip was not the Tower of London, or the British Museum, or the Houses of Parliament. It was Mr. Potter’s Museum of Curiosities in Bolventor, Cornwall. Keep in mind that my sister-in-law took her hamster Frederick to the taxidermist; Frederick is now enshrined on her mantel. Walter Potter was a Victorian eccentric who liked to stuff small animals and make eloborate tableaux, like the tea party of euthanized kittens and the Rabbits Village School, “containing 48 young rabbits, mostly provided by Mr. Feast, a rabbit breeder in Beeding.” Don’t miss the photo-postcard of the monkey riding a goat.

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