These two watercolours present views of Castleton and the Peak Cavern one painted by the artist John Webber (main illustration) and the other by his companion William Day during a joint expedition to the Peaks of Derbyshire which were still wild and untamed.
Castleton and the Peak Cavern, Derbyshire by John Webber, 1789
© Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
- Watercolour on paper
- Webber, 34.3 x 47.9 cm; Day, 32.9 x 45.4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,429 ( Total: £12,000)
- Acquired in:
- Charles Nugent
Webber accompanied Captain Cook as official artist on his third circumnavigation of the world. Day meanwhile was a keen amateur painter and a geologist with a pronounced interest in his natural surroundings. Webber and Days tour provides an interesting example of a two-way professional-amateur relationship. The works will be displayed alongside one another at Buxton, allowing for a comparison of the differing approaches both to painting and to the landscapes that they studied.
John Webber: Charles Nugent, 1994. William Day: Stephen Sommerville c.1990; Charles Nugent, c.1990. The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register.
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