The Maiden Calcutta
Fox at Walton Somersall Park
Small watercolour. I have painted this scene many times. Ashford-in-the-Water is a very pretty village on the River Wye, just outside Bakewell. The Sheep Wash bridge in this picture is quite ancient. It was originally a medieval packhorse bridge and, until quite recently, sheep were washed here prior to shearing. The lambs would be penned on one side of the river, whilst the mothers would be thrown in at the other side. The ewes would naturally swim across to their offspring, ensuring a good soaking! Parts of the Church of the Holy Trinity date back to the 13th century.
Ashness Bridge, Lake District
I cannot remember painting this oil, but it was sold at a local exhibition sometime around 1979. Over 25 years later it was advertised for sale and bought by a lady in Canada.
Bakewell, whose name is said to derive from the warm springs in the area, was founded by the Romans at a crossing of the River Wye. In Saxon times, Edward the Elder built a fort here. Jane Austen stayed in the Rutland Arms, where the Bakewell Pudding was invented. Bakewell is noted as being one most visited villages in Europe. It is also part of the countryside in which I grew up.
Beeley, near Chatsworth
The Beeley moors are not big, but then no English landscape is. You can drive across this in five minutes, but it is a lovely area.
Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Though originally built in the 12th century, the tower, seen here, was completed around 1621. Bolsover Castle fell into a ruinous state during the English Civil War but had been restored by 1676. The castle remained uninhabited from 1883. It ’s run-down remains were eventually given to the nation by the 7th Duke of Portland in 1945. The castle is now in the care of English Heritage and much restoration work has been done.
Famous for it ’s natural caverns, caves and mines. The whole area is a dream for the Pot Holer. This view is leading towards Peak Cavern.
Originally, there was a Tudor building here built by Bess of Hardwick from 1552. The present Chatsworth House dates from 1686 to 1707 and is mainly the work of the 4th Earl who, in 1694, became the 1st Duke of Devonshire. I have known it from early childhood as it is only a 15 minute drive from my home.
Meaning “Washing Place”. A painting completed after my first trip to India in 1986. I have visited only four times, but I love the country and long to return.
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