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. 105