When Life Gives You Lemons… Make a Diorama

Awesome person of the day: Walter Potter

Walter Potter was an English taxidermist known for his Victorian whimsy rather than his taxidermy skills. He never set out to become a taxidermist, but grew into one to preserve the world as he wanted to see it. At 19, Potter’s pet canary died and thus began his life’s work of preserving animals. He did not simply stuff deceased animals, he created some of the most elaborate and large scale taxidermy dioramas to date. In fact, if it were just for his taxidermy skills, his animals may not be worth much; lucky for us, his dioramas are fanciful, quirky, bizarre and entirely unique.

Unfortunately his work belongs to private collectors now but you can find photos of his scenes like these online:

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Studious gerbils!

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dinner party

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that squirrel forgot his smoking jacket

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i had a teacher like that once

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layin it down with the sax

So here’s to Walter Potter for making all his fantastical ideas come to life…er.. not to life, but yeah. you get it.

The Museum of Everything

Wow, a museum for EVERYTHING?  Currently they are exhibiting a show about the English taxidermist Walter Potter, known for his anthropomorphic dioramas.
Outsider art museum and taxidermy, well that just sounds like a little slice of heaven.

Of course, there’s  a catch, the “pop-up” museum is in London.  Sigh.  At least we have the interweb, and are able to browse through images of his collection.  You can visit the Museum of Everything here.

Here are a few images of his work, let the wonder begin.

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Kitten Wedding detail c. 1871

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Walter Potter at work

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Squirrels

We here at Spitfire Girl hope you found this educational and entertaining.  Cheers! Jennifer