Visiting artists to Derbyshire

Hopefully one of the most useful outcomes of my time here will be the information I have collected on visiting artists to Derbyshire.  I have been going through the photo archive and old exhibition catalogues to get a better understanding of which artists visited the County and what they produced.  Below is a screen shot of the work in progress –

Database of visiting artists
It has flagged up some interesting information.  For example in Trevor Brighton’s fantastic book ‘The Discovery of the Peak’ he discusses the evidence for Thomas Girtin visiting the County.   The only drawing that he knew of was in the V&A’s collection and was only attributed to Girtin.  I have found a reference to a view of Bolsover Castle by Girtin, which passed through an auction house in the 1980s.  This picture is probably now in a private collection so we would struggle to authenticate it, but it does give a stronger claim that Girtin visited Derbyshire.

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