Matlock artwork sells for thousands at auction

High Tor engraving
High Tor engraving
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AN engraving of High Tor sold for £3,400 at auction last week.

Moonlight Study of High Tor, Matlock is a cased Ashford black marble diamond engraving by 19th century artist and engraver Ann Rayner.

Rayner engraved various scenes around Derbyshire, including Matlock Bath, an example of which is exhibited in Buxton Art Gallery.

Born Ann Manser on October 29, 1802, she married artist Samuel Rayner in 1824 and the family moved to Matlock Bath in around 1826.

Her engraving of Matlock Bath and an example at Chatsworth appear with no first name, which was possibly to increase the price by hiding her sex.

The piece went under the hammer at Halls’ £120,000 auction of antique furniture, ceramics and works of art in Shrewsbury.