Derbyshire scene bought for Buxton gallery

BUXTON Museum and Art Gallery has acquired an important 18th century painting capturing a local scene.

View of Matlock, Derbyshire by William Marlow (c1780) was purchased at auction at Sotheby’s for £20,000, having been in private hands since at least 1936.

The Art Fund contributed £6,666 towards the acquisition. Other significant funding contributions were made by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£6,666) through its “Collecting Cultures” initiative, and £5,333 from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

The oil painting depicts Matlock Bath and the River Derwent flowing past the Old Bath Hotel, which was built in 1734.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: “View of Matlock, Derbyshire is a fascinating piece which helps to illustrate the many changes that have shaped the area as a result of tourism. It’s great that it will go on show in the local area so people can appreciate it within its historical context.”

Derbyshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Cultural and Community Services, Martin Molloy, added: “This is an historically notable view of Matlock Bath at the time when Arkwright was building his factories just down river. It adds significant information to our knowledge about the Derwent Valley, both in terms of the architecture and the natural history.”