I was reminded by @explore-blog that Beatrix Potter (born 150 years and one day ago) wasn’t just a beloved children’s author and illustrator - she was an enthusiastic amateur mycologist. Before she drew Peter Rabbit, she drew mushrooms!

These beautiful illustrations were shared with Skunk Bear by The Armitt, a charming museum/library/gallery nestled in Lake District Natural Park in Northern England.

Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s Rare Book Collection on Juvenile Literature.

Beatrix Potter’s work, while already considered in the Public Domain in the United States, entered the public domain in Europe this year, 70 years after her death. 

On this side of the pond, nothing new will enter the Public Domain until 2019, due to a 1998 law increasing copyright to 95 years or more for works published after 1923. 

We missed a post on Public Domain Day, the first of the year, but wanted to shed a little light on the topic, regardless. Find out more at the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain.