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drawing - A Ford on the Tweed at Coldstream

A Ford on the Tweed at Coldstream

  • Object:

    drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Coldstream (drawn)

  • Date:

    22nd July 1894 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brown wash over pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.312

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) is one of the world's best-loved children's authors and illustrators. She wrote the majority of the twenty-three Original Peter Rabbit Books between 1901 and 1913. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Frederick Warne, 1902) is her most famous and best-loved tale.

Before her marriage in 1913, Beatrix Potter accompanied her family to Scotland, Wales or the Lake District for extended summer holidays and she often took the opportunity to sketch the places she visited. This study is dated 22nd July 1894, when Potter was staying at Lennel, Coldstream. She wrote in her journal entry for that day:

"Very hot. Sat on a wall all afternoon and sketched the river. I think it is a very beautiful stream and grows upon one. There is no impressive volume of water like the Tay, but it winds about in a sweet fashion, setting the meadows now on the north, now on the south and reflecting cliffs and trees in the deeper riches. All along the field edges there are strips of pebbles, many coloured, and a shelf of sandbank under the turf where sandmartins burrow. There are stockades of planks here and there, and the tangled grass in the trees shows what the flood can do in its time. At present it is very low, a mere ripple of water over the Ford below Lennel village. The Scotch raiders are said to have crossed that point to drive the English cattle, it is almost too peaceful now to accord with salmon nets."

Physical description

An unpright format composition showing a riverbank, with a field in the foreground, a prominant tree in the centre left and distant hills.

Place of Origin

Coldstream (drawn)

Date

22nd July 1894 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Potter, Beatrix, born 1866 - died 1943 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Brown wash over pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'A ford on the Tweed / Coldstream.'
inscribed in pencil by the artist, lower left

'The Tweed near Coldstream. / Beatrix Potter.'
inscribed in ink by the artist, verso

Dimensions

Height: 257 mm sheet, Width: 198 mm sheet

Object history note

Drawn by Beatrix Potter at Coldstream, 22nd July 1894. Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) in 1973 as part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of ca. 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.

Descriptive line

Wash over pencil drawing; a ford on the Tweed at Coldstream; drawn by Beatrix Potter, 22nd July 1894; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.567.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection: the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material: watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985. p.61; no.567
p.61; no.567
Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection : the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material : watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985.

Materials

Wash; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Rivers; Fields; Trees; Landscape

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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