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Print made by J. Widnell, Active 1795
after Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775–1851


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Collective Title: 'The Copper-Plate Magazine' and 'The Itinerant,' 1794-1798

Materials & Techniques:
Etching and line engraving, with letterpress on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 17 1/8 × 11 3/8 inches (43.5 × 28.9 cm), Plate: 5 7/8 × 8 inches (14.9 × 20.3 cm), Image: 4 1/4 × 6 1/2 inches (10.8 × 16.5 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, center left: "2nd large paper ed'n"; lower center: "First published in 'The Copper Plate Magazine" J.W. Nov 41"

Watermark: "RD 9 5" (W/m of William Lepard, in Archaeologia).

Lettered, upper left: "The Itinerant."; lettered, upper right: "DERBYSHIRE"; lettered, lower left: "Engraved by J. Widnell from an Original Drawing by W.Turner."; lettered, lower right: "Published Octr:1st; 1795 by J. Walker No.16, Rosomans Street."; lettered, lower center: "MATLOCK. | MATLOCK. | THE village of MATLOCK occupies a most romantic situation in Derbyshire, in the neighbourhood of that stupendous | pile of rocks called the Torr, on the banks of the Derwent, which is here a limpid stream wandering among broken | fragments of earth in a very fantastic manner, | farming a scenery altogether picturesque and delightful. The soil is, | however, wild and barren; but that for which this place is most celebrated, is the unusual petrifying property of its warm | springs, and the vast masses of petrification that every where interrupt their course, such as are not to be found in any other | part of the kingdom; these are manufactured for ornamental furniture; into vases, obelisks, &c. and may be considered | as a staple commodity of the neighborhood. | The medicinal virtues of the waters of MATLOCK were first noticed bout the year 1698, when a bath was built, and | the original possesor only erected a small suite of rooms for the use of occasional bathers; since that period, however, | the town has rapidly continued to rise in celebrity, and is now distinguished by every elegance of accomodation peculiar | to other places of a familiar description, viz, public rooms, a theatre, &c. The waters of MATLOCK are chiefly com- | mended both for drinking and bathing in all impurities of the blod, relaxation, rheumatisms, want of appetite, and | indigestion. The company who resort here during the summer months are more select than numerous, in asmuch as the | place, on account of its situation, is better suited to a contemplative than a dissipated temper of mind. | Notwithstanding the sterility of the soil, the hills about MATLOCK are much enriched with wood, which render the land- | scape on every side beautiful. The town itself has a very singular appearance from the houses being necessary situated one | overlooking the other, on account of the irregulaty of the rocky surfaces on which they are erected. It is long and | strangling, and from the bridge to the bath near a mile; its distance from London is about 142 miles, and from Derby 16.

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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