A Prospect of the City of Derby by Unknown Artist

The prospect shows Derby at the height of its prosperity and industrial power with the distinctive Silk Mill at the centre.


Oil on canvas
64 x 126 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £70,000)
Acquired in:
Raphael Valls

The Silk Mill dates from 1717 and is regarded as the world's first factory. It had five floors of working machinery and a vast number of workers. The mill soon became a popular stop on the tourist trail and visitors marvelled at its size. The mill now houses Derby's Industrial Museum.


Private collector in Europe; Sotheby's, 2004; Raphael Valls.

Venue details

Derby Museum and Art Gallery The Strand, DERBY Derbyshire DE1 1BS 01332 641 901 www.derbymuseums.org

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