The Manifold River, possibly below Thor's Cave, Derbyshire

WILLIAM DAY (1764-1807)

The Manifold River, possibly below Thor's Cave, Derbyshire

c. 1789 England

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The son of a wealthy linen-draper, William Day exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1782 to 1801, displaying a particular interest in natural scenery and wild plants. As a young man he was befriended by John Webber; the two artists shared a love of ruggedly dramatic scenery and craggy outcrops, and Day appears to have adopted his mentor’s lighter tones and subtlety of colour. In 1789 they made a sketching tour together of Derbyshire and the Peak District. It is possible that this drawing dates from that tour.

William Day’s work was informed by a deep interest in geology; his descendants nicknamed him ‘Rocky Day’ to distinguish him from his ichthyologist grandson Francis, who was known as ‘Fishy Day’.
Height 34.50 cm (13.58 inches)
Width 47.50 cm (18.70 inches)
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Watercolour and ink over pencil on laid paper
Inscribed on the original backing '25'.
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