Old Bath, Matlock
Ramsay, John (1768-1845)
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We do not know when General John Ramsay visited Derbyshire, although the detail in his sketch of St Giles Church in Matlock, suggests it was sometime after 1803. Ramsay was a soldier and the son of the artist Allan Ramsay. As a boy he accompanied his father on a Grand Tour in 1782 and later went on to become a collector of antiquities and art. He was painted in miniature by Francois Ferriere in 1794 (National Galleries Scotland, PG 1748).
The Old Bath Hotel was a popular subject for artists. William Marlow painted it in oil in the 1780s (Buxton Museum, DERSB : 2011.4) and this was later engraved by S. Middiman and published in Boydell’s ‘Views’ in 1789. Ramsay has sketched the hotel complex from the other direction, looking northwards.
- Medium: Pen And Ink Wash
- Institution: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
- Dimensions: 198 x 155mm
- Accession number: DERSB : 2016.8.4
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