This macabre fixation with mounting and ornamenting animal cadavers seems shocking, morbid and downright disturbing. To understand Walter Potter's hobby, we need to examine it against the backdrop of his lifestyle in the mid-1800s.
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Potter's work accesses a place in my mind (and I am sure many others) that's become a distant valley as I get older. His work has a childlike innocence that resounds through the ages.
An art form commonly practiced by hunters and hobbyists, with items often found in national history museums, taxidermy can often result in the realist...
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