Bridge over the Blackwater at Coggeshall

Bridge over the Blackwater at Coggeshall

Walter Bayes made relatively few forays into pastoral scenes; this view of the River Blackwater flowing past Coggeshall is one of the exceptions. The picture could be considered an update of traditional rustic genre painting; the couple reclining on the river bank might well be modern versions of the shepherdess and her swain.Ironically, while many of Bayes's urban pictures for the Recording Britain scheme depict sites that changed drastically or disappeared after the war, the scene depicted here remains largely unchanged today.