Derbyshire curators head to the Yale Centre for British Art

 Next week I fly to America to take up a 4 week curatorial fellowship at the Yale Centre for British Art.  This was something that I applied for back in July, when it all seemed a very long way off…

One of the aims of the Enlightenment! project has been to undertake collections mapping and gain a clearer overview of relevant Derbyshire collections in the public domain. This has been an on-going project and included Neil Howe’s ephemera report and the object catalogues that Ruth Litton worked on. My 4 weeks at YCBA will build on their research to give us a better picture of what Derbyshire artworks are out there.

I will also hopefully uncover more information about  Derbyshire; the chronology of its buildings, road infrastructure, water engineering, and evolution of industries. I plan to make myself useful indentifying some of their Derbyshire sketchbook views too.Our engraving of the De Loutherbourg

YCBA have a fantastic collection including several Joseph Wright’s, a couple of Stubbs’s showing Creswell Crags, and theoriginal ‘View near Matlock’ by De Loutherbourg – of which we have an aquatint in our collection. I am most excited about seeing their watercolours from John Webber and William Day’s 1789 tour of Derbyshire. Through the Enlightenment! project we’ve bought 3 pictures from this tour, with a fourth possibly on the cards – watch this space…

I plan to share my findings on the blog and hope that my fellow travel companion, curator and ‘fellowshipee’, Lucy Bamford might do the same. Lucy is the art curator at Derby Museums and her fellowship will focus on the works of Joseph Wright. All very exciting and a tad nerve-wracking, but I am sure we’ll have a fantastic experience.

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2 Responses to Derbyshire curators head to the Yale Centre for British Art

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done Anna, thats great news. You’ll have an amazing time out there!

  2. Hello Ros,
    Yes they do have some Grimm’s with a Derbyshire theme, including one of Barlborough Hall – http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3488053

    Sadly there is no watercolour of the Cromford Bridge engraving. The only info I have about the engraving is taken from the V&A and British Library’s website, as they both have copies too – http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/92037/5F119138281EA5C79CC5D381D804E38BFA93A8BB.html

    It might be worth contacting the V&A or British Library to see if they have any further info.

    If Rodes of Barlborough Hall commissioned Grimm to paint N.E Derbyshire then it is conceivable he could have painted around Cromford too. I’ll see if I can uncover anything over here.

    Anna

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