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Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy


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PAT MORRIS was Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a DEFRA inspector for assessing the age and authenticity of antique taxidermy and has self-published seven illustrated books. His vast personal collection includes The Death & Burial of Cock Robin, Potter's largest and most important piece.JOANNA EBENSTEIN, a New York-based artist, curator, blogger and graphic designer, runs the Morbid Anatomy Library.


This handsomely photographed guide to Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's stuffed animal tableaux is a delight.... A fascinating story, sumptuously illustrated by detailed photographs of the tableaux: taxidermy experts Dr Pat Morris and Joanna Ebenstein have brought the weird and wonderful world of Walter Potter alive for a whole new generation. - The ObserverBeautiful new photographs... nothing short of stunning. - Bizarre MagazineNostalgically enjoying new book on Walter Potter's weird taxidermy. Museum was part of my childhood. - Derren Brown's Twitter feed (1.7M followers)Potter [had] instant celebrity status among his peers and a cult status that lives on... At once macabre and inexplicably compelling. It's little wonder his present-day fans include Peter Blake, Damien Hirst and David Bailey. - House & GardenDr Pat Morris, who is the greatest authority in Britain on historical taxidermy and owns at least one Potter masterpiece, mourns the loss of this unique ensemble. His meticulously researched text, together with Joanna Ebenstein's pellucid photographs and details, give it a worthy memorial. - Country LifeWalter 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. - The New York Times

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