Beatrix Potter's original illustration for the story The Kitty-in-Boots

Beatrix Potter’s original illustration of Kitty-in-Boots

A Beatrix Potter story called ‘The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots’ which was recently discovered is to be published in September 2016, more than 100 years after it was written.

The author sent it to her publisher in 1914 saying it was about “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life”. Penguin Random House Children’s Publisher Jo Hanks found the reference to the letter Potter sent her publisher and the unedited manuscript in a history book about Potter. Three manuscripts were also found the the Victoria and Albert Museum Archives, along with a rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots.

One of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

With the exception of the drawing that was found, Potter had not done illustrations for the story. For this reason Quentin Blake (best known for his illustrations in Roald Dahl books) was chosen to illustrate the book.

The manuscript for the book was found in 2013, however publication of the book had been delayed until later this year in order to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s Birth.


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