This painted bronze sculpture, commissioned by Turner Contemporary in 2007, is a distorted depiction of Beatrix Potter’s famous childhood character Mr Tod. The famous fox appears cold and downtrodden peering through the worn out blankets in which he is shrouded. There is of course a humorous irony in the disenchanting of this childhood idol but there is also an arresting sadness surrounding the character’s demise. Rag and Bone with Blanket is from a series of works, which also feature Potter’s other characters Mr. Brock, rifling through a public dustbin and Mrs Tiggy Winkle similarly dishevelled, pushing an old shopping trolly burdened with bags. Before now these much-loved characters have rested safely in our imagination uncontaminated by the pitfalls of capitalist modernity. Here, however, Ford thrusts these innocent creatures into the realism of contemporary poverty. By manipulating these sweet provincial characters, Laura Ford manages to reflect back to us the peculiarity of social hierarchy, unsettling economy of charity and the fragility of security and success.