Landscape: Valley in Derbyshire

  • About the work
    Country: Finland
    City: Helsinki
    Place: British Embassy
    This dramatic and picturesque scene shows a valley in Derbyshire. A river runs through the valley and well-dressed gentlemen explore the landscape.
  • About the artist
    Thomas Smith of Derby was a topographical and picturesque landscape painter who lived in Bridgegate, Derby. He exhibited at the Society of Artists and the Free Society of Artists from 1760 to 1767. Several examples of his work include groups of elegant tourists admiring views of country estates. He took his art sufficiently seriously to name both his sons after great painters, calling them Thomas Correggio Smith and John Raphael Smith (who continued the tradition by naming his son John Rubens Smith). Both of his sons naturally became artists, as did his daughter, Emma. Smith died on 5 September 1767 in Hotwells, a district of Bristol.
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  • Details
    Landscape: Valley in Derbyshire
    Oil on canvas
    height: 83.50 cm, width: 110.50 cm
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, September 1951
    GAC number