General View from Matlock High Tor
Coloured engravingpublished 15 May 1817
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About the artist
Little is known about engraver M. S. Barenger. He was the uncle of the engraver James Barenger (1780-1831), animal painter and the brother of a painter and glazier, also named James Barenger (1745-1813). He exhibited two works at the Society of British Artists in 1823; views of Canterbury and Oxford. At the time Barenger was living at 11 Church Row, St Pancras.
Joseph Farington was born in Leigh, Lancashire, son of the vicar of Leigh and rector of Warrington. He was educated in Manchester and studied under Richard Wilson in London from 1763. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1769 and became an Academician in 1785. His strength was in pen, ink and wash drawings of topographical views. He made extensive sketching tours of the UK and settled in the North Country from 1776. Works made there led to the publication ‘Views of the Lakes of Cumberland and Westmorland’ (1785). In 1780 he suffered a breakdown after his wife died. In the next year he moved to London. He died on a visit to his brother in Lancashire, when he fell down steps at Didsbury Church. His personal diaries were published in 1934.