• Short Summary

    Crazy scenes of anthropomorphism at the taxidermist's heaven - Potter's Museum.

  • Description

    Potter's Museum, Bramber, Sussex.

    Fabulously crazy scenes of stuffed animals dressed in costumes and posed as humans. A man uses a brush to clean a stuffed squirrel and a stuffed tiny calf.

    Various taxidermy scenes are shown including the kittens' wedding, the squirrels' club, kittens' tea party, bunnies' school room, all accurate down to the tiniest details. We also see Potter's famous "Who Killed Cock Robin" tableau which took seven years to complete. Children admire the tableaux and a young woman sketches.

    Narrator states: "Walter Potter ... was a genius who made fur-lined dolls into whimsical but veritable works of poetic art." Wonderful or disgusting depending on your viewpoint but Potter was definitely one of the great English eccentrics.

    Note: Potter's Museum still exists but is now at Jamaica Inn, Devon - JH 2000. It is claimed that all the animals met a natural death.

    Cuts exist - see other record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    319.05
    Media URN:
    3780
    Group:
    Unissued / unused
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1965
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:06:00 / 01:40:03:00
    Canister:
    CP 531

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