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The Creepy Vintage Taxidermy of Walter Potter

Arguably one of the founding fathers of English Taxidermy, Walter Potter was born on July 2nd 1835 in the village of Bramber in West Sussex. Very little remains of this museum today and the actual site is now a house. Only a very small plaque commemorates this man’s achievements in this art form.

Walter used taxidermy to produce tableaux depicting groups of animals behaving as though they were tiny humans. Walter lived until 1918 (he suffered a stroke, from which he never recovered) when the ownership passed to his daughter and subsequently to his grandson who kept the taxidermy museum open in Bramber where it was a famous tourist attraction for many years prior to its final museum resting place at Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

The most famous exhibit in Potter’s taxidermy museum is The Kitten’s Tea and Croquet Party (top picture). It has 37 little kittens having tea, or playing croquet, with onlookers and waitresses. Walter Potter shows great attention to detail, two kittens appear to be reading a time-table, another is brushing its hair. A social gathering of some importance seems to be taking place, a courteous young kitten is offering a plate of ‘mouse tarts’ to his neighbor.

(Source: taxidermy4cash.com)

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