A Ford on the Tweed at Coldstream

Drawing
22nd July 1894 (drawn)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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."


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brown wash over pencil on paper
Brief Description
Wash over pencil drawing; a ford on the Tweed at Coldstream; drawn by Beatrix Potter, 22nd July 1894; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.567.
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.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 257mm
  • Sheet width: 198mm
Production typeUnique
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)
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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."

Bibliographic Reference
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.567Hobbs, 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
Other Number
LB.567 - Linder Bequest catalogue no.
Collection
Library Number
BP.312

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