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Though Beatrix Potter grew up in west London, holidays were spent in Scotland and the Lake District where she developed a love of landscape , flora, and fauna which she observed and painted.  She would send letters to young friends, illustrating them with quick sketches.  Many of these were written to the children of her former governess Annie Carter Moore, particularly her eldest son Noel who was often ill.  In 1893 Potter wrote a story for him about four little rabbits – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter – which became The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the first of Beatrix Potter’s 23 children’s tales.  It’s now the subject of an animated film voiced by an all-star cast.  Annie Moore’s six bedroom home in Baskerville Road, Wandsworth is now on the market through Knight Frank, £4.24m.


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