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Matlock Baths, Derbyshire, c. 1789 (w / c, pen and brown ink, graphite and wash on laid

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Matlock Baths, Derbyshire, c. 1789 (w / c, pen and brown ink, graphite and wash on laid

XYC151478 Matlock Baths, Derbyshire, c.1789 (w/c, pen and brown ink, graphite and wash on laid paper) by Day, William (1764-1807); 34.6x48.6 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA; British, out of copyright

Media ID 12728202

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Bath Craft English Landscape Hammer Hammering Producing Trug Derwent Valley Labourer Winding River


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This photo print, titled "Matlock Baths, Derbyshire, c. 1789" takes us on a journey back in time to the picturesque English landscape of the late 18th century. The artist, William Day (1764-1807), skillfully captures the essence of this idyllic scene using watercolor, pen and brown ink, graphite, and wash on laid paper. The image showcases a winding river flowing through the beautiful Derwent Valley as it meanders its way through Matlock Baths. Nestled within this tranquil setting is a hardworking laborer diligently crafting trugs - traditional wooden baskets used for various purposes. With hammer and axe in hand, he hammers away at these intricate pieces with precision and expertise. The artist's attention to detail allows us to witness not only the craftsmanship involved but also offers a glimpse into everyday life during this period. As we observe this worker immersed in his task against the backdrop of nature's splendor, we are reminded of the symbiotic relationship between man and his environment. Matlock Baths was renowned for its natural thermal springs that attracted visitors seeking relaxation and healing properties. This image serves as a testament to both the beauty of nature found in Derbyshire's landscapes and the industrious spirit that shaped communities like Matlock Baths. Preserved within Yale Center for British Art's Paul Mellon Collection in America today, this artwork continues to captivate viewers with its timeless depiction of an era long gone by.

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