• Jennifer Campbell

The White Rabbit at Floriography

I am constantly inspired by aspects of Victorian culture that permeated all parts of society. The Victorian's obsession with nature specifically The White Rabbit inspired my White Rabbit Collection.



With Peter He Made Visits To A Garden. The New York Public Library


The rabbit's emergence as a household pet began during the Victorian era because they were benign, soft and perfectly sized. The children's tales of the English author Beatrix Potter, illustrated by herself, include several titles featuring the badly behaved Peter Rabbit and other rabbit characters, including her first and most successful book The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), followed by The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904), and The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies (1909). Potter's anthropomorphic clothed rabbits are probably the most familiar artistic rabbits in the English-speaking world, no doubt influenced by illustrations by John Tenniel of the White Rabbit in Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. (wiki)


Victorian England became enthralled with breeding fancy rabbits, leading to variations such as the extremely cute and useless English lop. Nineteenth-century breeders even developed a template for what they called the “Ideal English Rabbit,” which features a precise constellation of 33 spots and a butterfly-shaped mark on its nose.


Below are some of my favorite public domain photos of the era. Images from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/