Thorpe Cloud

Thorpe Cloud

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has recently bought this watercolour of Thorpe Cloud by William Day. We know that Day toured Derbyshire with his friend and fellow artist John Webber in 1789 and they visited Thorpe Cloud –  Eton College owns a Webber watercolour of the subject.  However what is unusual about Day’s Thorpe Cloud, is that it is much smaller than the other watercolours that he produced on the tour and it is not numbered.  We are assuming that it dates from 1789, possibly being drawn in a different sketchbook or having been subsequently cropped, but further research is needed.   Either way, it is a nice addition to Buxton Museum’s collection and of a subject which is currently only represented in print form.

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