Castleton and the Peak Cavern, Derbyshire by John Webber

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.


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 Day’s 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.

Artists include


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.

Venue details

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Terrace Road, BUXTON Derbyshire SK17 6DA 01629 533540

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