George Cumberland
Inside the Peak Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire c.1820

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George Cumberland 1754–1849
Inside the Peak Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire
Date c.1820
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 146 x 219 mm
Acquisition Presented by William Drummond 1978
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George Cumberland is usually remembered today for his friendship with Blake, whom he knew and corresponded with for over forty years, and also as a patron of the Bristol School of Artists. As well as a man of letters, a tireless traveller in England and Wales and a compiler of several guide-books, Cumberland was an amateur artist of some talent. The drawings he made as records of his travels are remarkable in their directness of observation, and often reflect his keen interest in geology. In this view of the Peak Cavern, the only source of illumination is provided by flickering candlelight.

September 2004

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