Walter Potter was a British taxidermist who lived between 1835–1918. He had no particular expertise in taxidermy, yet built Victorian anthropomorphic tableaux that became famous, especially in the contemporary art world. When it became apparent that the collection would be separated, Dr. Pat Morris (biologist and former senior lecturer in zoology) and Joanna Ebenstein (New York artist, producer, and Morbid Anatomy blogger) decided to compile a photographic history of the entire collection through Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy.
This video features Dr. Morris and a bit of a history behind Potter and his taxidermy.
In T Magazine, The New York Times, Gary Shteyngart said, “Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy is one of the most important books I’ve read on Victorian taxidermy in months. It’s like Jude the Obscure, but with squirrels.”
Handsell it to fans of David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, and Audrey Niffenegger.
Other new releases this week:
- Casebook: A novel by Mona Simpson
- The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay
- War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots by Ian Morris
- All the Birds, Singing: A Novel by Evie Wyld
- Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire by Philip Bailey with Keith and Kent Zimmerman
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing by Nina Sankovitch