A North-West View of Haddon etc., an Ancient Seat belonging to his Grace the Duke of Rutland
Engravingpublished 25 October 1744
About the work
This is one of 15 large prints engraved by Francois Vivares, after paintings by Thomas Smith. The prints were first published between 1743 and 1749. It seems likely that they were made in Derby, for on 4 September 1744 Vivares’ son, Thomas (who would become a designer and landscape engraver), was baptised at All Saints' Church, Derby.
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.