Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The Imprint
Person:
Jackson, F. Ernest Mason, J. H. Johnston, Edward
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1000518
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-3718812
DRAWINGS 
BY BIRKET FOSTER FOR HIS 
By WILLIAM FOSTER 
CHILDREN : 
VERY one knows the delight it is to children, if only they can 
persuade some one to make drawings for them, of anything that 
they like to ask for, and how eagerly they watch every stroke of 
pencil or brush, offering many suggestions as to what should be 
put in. Possibly the draughtsman is but a poor performer and his 
work gives only limited satisfaction to the young critics, who 
know exactly what they want and are apt to be outspoken, if the drawing 
falls short of their ideal. 
There was, however, nothing but delight and wonder in store for the 
children, the sketches for whose scrap-book are the subject of these notes, 
and two of which are given as illustrations. 
They had, in their father, fortunately for them, an accomplished 
draughtsman to do their bidding, each child in turn choosing a subject and 
with much excitement watching it rapidly grow into shape, for the artist 
was a very quick worker.  
Most of the subjects were painted in body colour, on tinted paper, and 
were done by lamplight, in that hour or two before bedtime, when children 
are allowed to be seen and also very much heard. The subjects chosen were 
very varied and must occasionally have taxed the artist's ingenuity and 
invention. Here are a few of them. " Haycarts," more than once ; " Ships in 
Moonlight," in calm and storm ; " A Milkmaid," almost a thing of the past; 
" An old three-decker," with a boat-load of soldiers in red coats going 
aboard, a brilliant spark of colour against the blue sea. Then " Gleaners," 
never seen in the country now, in this age of machines that scrape up every 
blade and leave the fields looking as if they had had their hair cut and too 
much taken off. There is an old " Chairmender " at work outside a cottage, 
putting a new rush seat into a chair, and a farm, with a team of oxen yoked 
to a straw cart, once a common sight in Sussex, but the last yoke of oxen 
has now, we fear, disappeared. There are " Fallow deer in a forest glade," 
then several sketches of Littlehampton--where a seaside holiday was spent 
-with its primitive bathing hut and machines, and in one sketch a wonder- 
ful sunset. Littlehampton was a delightfully quiet place in those days, but 
is now given up to the tripper. 
Another sketch shows the children in primitive and somewhat cumber- 
some donkey chaises at Whitley in Northumberland, and another, Tyne- 
mouth Priory. Yet another, a view of St. Paul's Cathedral from the river, 
in a most enviably clear atmosphere. 
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