Helen Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in Kensington, London. She originates from a very wealthy and well-reputable family. Her grandfather Edmund was a member of parliament, while her father Rupert William Potter had been studying to be a lawyer, but never actually practiced law. He and her mother Helen Leech lived comfortably due to the inheritance from the cotton industry. Beatrix was their first of two children, while the other – Walter Bertram – was born in 1872.