View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This watercolour features the striking ravine of limestone cliffs known as Creswell Crags in Derbyshire which were relatively inaccessible to the eighteenth-century traveller. It was evidently worked up by Grimm from drawings made on one of his visits to his patron Cornelius Heathcote Rodes of Barlborough Hall near Chesterfield. In many ways this watercolour is a classic example of the 'stained' or 'tinted' drawing produced by the late eighteenth-century topographer. Careful pencil underdrawing and layers of grey wash would be superimposed with 'local' colour and pen outlines to clarify form. This subject was engraved in 1789, though in the print the three children on the distant rock are replaced by two adults.
Gallery label, September 2004