Beatrix Potter, 2016 Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle UK 50p Silver Proof coin, Boxed with Low Issue No: 14

THE TALE OF MRS. TIGGY-WINKLE. The sixth book to be published by Beatrix Potter, 'The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle' tells the story of an unusual washerwoman with prickles under her cap. While exploring the Lakeland hillside, Lucie discovers a door to Mrs. Tiggy- Winkle's kitchen, where she does the laundry for some interesting customers !
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APRICKLY CHARACTER Beatrix and Bertram kept a hedgehog in their menagerie of pets, who may have been a early inspiration for Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, as when Beatrix wrote her first books, she made sure to bring all the animal characteristics she had seen in her own pets to life. Kitty MacDonald, a Scottish washerwoman, is also said to have inspired the prickly heroine; and Lucie Carr, a friend of Beatrix, was the model for Lucie, who happens upon Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's cottage. Her print gown was tucked up, and she was wearing a large apron over her striped petticoat. Her little black nose went sniffle, sniffle, snuffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; and underneath her cap-where Lucie had yellow curls-that little person had prickles! "Who are you?" said Lucie. "Have you seen my pocket-handkins?" The little person made a bob-curtsey - "Oh yes, if you please 'm; my name is Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle" 70931 

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