Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

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.

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Beth Golay

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