Hearne, Thomas (1744-1817)
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Thomas Hearne went on many tours of the UK during the 1770s, visiting Worcestershire, Suffolk and Kent. He accompanied George Beaumont on a trip to the Lakes and Northern England in 1777 and the following year, he again toured Northern England and then Scotland. It was from these two tours that the bulk of his engravings for ‘Antiquities of Great Britain’ (1807) were created. It is not known when he visited Derbyshire and no representations of the county were include in ‘Antiquities of Great Britain’. He painted Peak Cavern in a watercolour entitled ‘Study of Butterbur (Petasites vulgaris, Desf.) the largest leaf of any English plant’, which shows the plant in the foreground and the cavern and Peveril Castle in the background (V&A, DYCE.774).
All Saints' Church in Bakewell is Norman in origin although much of the architecture dates from the 13th century. Hearne’s subject matter is perhaps not surprising considering his interest in the medieval and gothic. The sketch is a preparatory for a print which was engraved by Landseer and published on May 7th, 1817 by Cadell and Davies, London. The print does not feature in the Derbyshire volume (vol. 5) of Cadell and Davies’, ‘Magna Britannia’ (1817), although this publication does include engravings of the Saxon stone cross and Foljambe monument at Bakewell Church.
- Medium: Pencil Sketch
- Institution: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
- Dimensions: 242 x 175 mm
- Accession number: DERSR : 40012
- Acknowledgements: David Morris, 'Thomas Hearne and his Landscape' (1990)
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