Local Derbyshire Scene Bought for Buxton Museum and Art Gallery by the Art Fund

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LONDON.- National fundraising charity the Art Fund has helped Buxton Museum and Art Gallery acquire an important 18th century painting capturing a local scene. The Art Fund contributed £6,666 towards the acquisition of View of Matlock, Derbyshire by William Marlow (c 1780) when it was bought at auction at Sotheby’s. Other significant funding contributions were made by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£6,666) through its “Collecting Cultures” initiative, and £5,333 from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. The oil painting depicts Matlock Bath and the River Derwent flowing past the Old Bath Hotel, which was built in 1734. The town of Matlock became famous during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as a spa-resort, sought out for its ailment-curing qualities. The purchase will expand the county council’s growing collection of works