The prospect shows Derby at the height of its prosperity and industrial power with the distinctive Silk Mill at the centre.
A Prospect of the City of Derby by Unknown Artist, c. 1725
© Derby Museum and Art Gallery
- 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.