“A bizarre collection of stuffed animals that was broken up and sold around the world seven years ago has been reassembled for a one-off exhibition. The eccentric works of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter, in which stuffed animals mimic human life, were sold for more than £500,000 in 2003.”
Walter Potter’s Museum of Curiosities – English taxidermist Potter displayed anthropomorphic dioramas featuring stuffed animals mimicking human life at his Sussex museum. The exhibition was a well-known and popular example of “Victorian whimsy” for many years. Amongst his scenes were a rats den being raided by the local police rats, a village school featuring 48 little rabbits busy writing on tiny slates, a kittens tea party displayed feline etiquette and a game of croquet, a guinea pigs cricket match, and 20 kittens attending a wedding.