Today in 1866, famous naturalist and author-illustrator Beatrix Potter was born. Although she was a skilled naturalist, who presented a work on mycology (the study of fungi – toadstools and moulds) to the Royal Society, Beatrix Potter is one of the most celebrated children’s author-illustrators of all time. Born in to a wealthy family, Beatrix was a keen observer of all that went on around her and a natural artist. She was quoted as having been afraid that a more formal education and particularly copying the work of other artists might compromise her originality. She reportedly rebelled politely, hoping she “wouldn’t catch” the invading influence of another, although she regularly visited the great art galleries of London with her father, learning lessons she applied in her unique creations.