Old Mr. Brown character jug designed by Graham Tongue and produced by Beswick of Longton, England, in 1987. "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" was Beatrix Potter's second book written in 1903. The story is about an impertinent red squirrel named Nutkin and his narrow escape from an owl called Old Mr. Brown, an old, bad-tempered tawny owl who lives in a hollow oak tree on Owl Island. Squirrel Nutkin, his brother Twinkleberry, and their cousins sail to Owl Island on little rafts. They offer resident owl Old Brown a gift and ask his permission to do their nut-collecting on his island. Nutkin however dances about impertinently singing a silly riddle. Old Brown pays no attention to Nutkin, but permits the squirrels to go about their work. Every day for six days, the squirrels offer gifts to Old Brown, and every day as well, Nutkin taunts the owl with another sing-song riddle. Eventually, Nutkin annoys Old Brown once too often and the owl seizes Nutkin and tries to skin him alive. Nutkin escapes, but not without losing most of his tail. Nutkin forms the handle of the jug.
Beatrix Potter Series