River Derwent & High Tor, Matlock - Mid-19th-century watercolour painting


An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, River Derwent and High Tor, Matlock.

A beautiful miniature landscape view in sepia. The landscape at Matlock shows the River Derwent bounded by the limestone crags of High Tor and Wild Cat Tor, rising almost vertically from the river's edge in places. Laid down on backing paper.

Some minor foxing as shown.
8.8cm x 13.7cm.

This work is a delightful example of a Victorian 'friendship picture' and is one of a collection of such works that we have for sale. Varied and often small in scale, they represent the Victorian art of collecting original artworks as mementoes of friendship and exchange. As such, they take on a particularly intimate charm and reflect the relationships and interests of their past owners. The works of art would often meditate on the value of friendship, communicating values of loyalty and steadfastness, and feature a whole range of subjects and media – including botanical and animal studies, nautical scenes, landscapes, military subjects and small portraits – all with some personal connection to the owner. Taken as a whole, these works are a fascinating record of Victorian popular tastes and culture.

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Product code: JM-408

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