Fund helps with picture of town

National fundraising charity Art Fund has helped Buxton Museum and Art Gallery acquire an important 18th century painting capturing a local scene.

The Art Fund contributed £6,666 towards the acquisition of View of Matlock, Derbyshire by William Marlow (c1780) when it was bought at auction at Sotheby’s. Other significant funding contributions were made by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£6,666) through its Collecting Cultures initiative, and £5,333 from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

The oil painting depicts Matlock Bath and the River Derwent flowing past the Old Bath Hotel, which was built in 1734.

The purchase will expand the county council’s growing collection of works from the Enlightenment period at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. View of Matlock, Derbyshire, which cost £20,000, has been in private hands since at least 1936. Its companion painting, also of Matlock, went to Manchester Art Gallery in 2003.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund said: “View of Matlock, Derbyshire is a fascinating piece which helps to illustrate the many changes that have shaped the area as a result of tourism. It’s great that it will go on show in the local area so people can appreciate it within its historical context.”