With so many children’s books and characters, these days it can be hard to keep up with who’s who as they come and go in popularity. One character who has kept their popularity over the years is Peter Rabbit, the main character created by Beatrix Potter, along with Mopsy, Benjamin Bunny and Cottontail.
Born in July 1866 in London, Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer and illustrator, as well as natural scientist and conservationist. For many, she is best known as the author of children’s books.
Beatrix had a number of much loved pets throughout her early life including rabbits, a hedgehog, some mice and bats. Family holidays were spent firstly in Perthshire, Scotland and then in the Lake District, which eventually became home to Beatrix and is where she produced some of her best work.
In 1901, Beatrix Potter turned a picture letter into The Tale of Peter Rabbit – her first book. Originally turned down by a number of commercial publishers, it was eventually published in 1902 by Frederick Warne. This was followed by The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester and many more stories, with two or three published a year. Recognising that merchandise based on her books and their characters would be a marketing asset for her work, she registered a Peter Rabbit doll in 1903. Since then, the love for all things Peter Rabbit has continued to grow with the release of the Peter Rabbit film bringing a new audience. And with that, the range of merchandise has also grown with everything from figurines to clothing available from numerous retailers, including Steiff.
To celebrate one of the world’s most famous characters. Steiff has created some very special pieces for all to enjoy.
Whether you are a fan of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck or Peter Rabbit’s enemies, Mr Tod or Tommy Brock, our Steiff Peter Rabbit collection is just waiting to be explored.