|Below are a few examples of the paintings and drawings
of the Derbyshire artist, Frank Clay.
The title of each piece is followed by the medium used.
The originals are in private collections apart from the one of Winster
which was donated to
Winster Ward, Whitworth Hospital.
Matlock Dale, High Tor and Tor Cottage, watercolour
Matlock Parish Church, watercolour
Hodgkinson's Hotel & The Pitchings,
Riber Castle, watercolour
Matlock Dale and St. John's Church, watercolour
Haddon Hall, watercolour - pointillist style
Bonsall, The Cross, oil
Scarthin and Cromford Pond (detail), oil
Market Hall, Winster (detail), oil
The Peacock, Rowsley, oil
||Born Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, UK.
Frank (1911 - 2000) lived in the Matlocks for most
of his life.
See Matlock & Matlock Bath web site.
|Drawing and Painting:
||Inspired as a young boy by the headmaster of Matlock
Bath School, William Henry Lees, Frank drew and painted his entire
His talent helped the local community in the 1950s when he was asked to paint
set pieces for Matlock Bath's Illuminations and Venetian Fete. See Illuminations
and Venetian Fete
The mid 1960s was a turning point and he began to paint very seriously from then
onwards, exhibiting locally. His subjects varied, but included many landscapes
of his beloved Derbyshire and the selection above reflects that.
|Occupations and War Record:
||Frank served in the British Army (1928-1932) and during
Evacuated from Dunkirk, he later served in both North and East
Africa. He was present at the siege of Tobruk and was later seriously
He set up a painting and decorating business in Matlock Bath before
the war, which also included sign writing, with a workshop on Holme
Road (see Matlock Bath Business Letterheads). He opened his first
shop on Firs Parade, Matlock in 1960. He also specialised in picture
framing and restoration.
||1. Singing was a real passion. He sang everywhere,
- Holy Trinity Church Choir, Matlock Bath for many years as a boy and
- Member of both Chesterfield and Matlock Amateur Operatic Societies in the
1950s and 1960s. He sang leading tenor roles in many productions.
- Performed as a tenor soloist in many events at numerous locations in
2. Local History.
His knowledge and recall of local history, absorbed during his childhood, was
4. As a teenager and young man he was a Scout and a Rover.
Matlock Bath: Baden Powell Scouts,
1933 - Bugle and Drums (1)
Matlock Bath: Baden
Powell Scouts, 1933 - Bugle and Drums (2)
Bath: Baden Powell Scouts - Annual Entertainment, 1934
||Frank is survived by 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
He married twice, first to Dorothy Smithies and secondly to Frances
Bacon. His second wife pre-deceased him.
He is buried at Darley Dale.
We do not have photographs of all of Frank's pictures and would be delighted
to hear from you if you own one and would be prepared to send a photograph to
add to our private lists. Please email Ann Andrews.
Images may be changed. Further images may be added at a later date.
Claims that have appeared on the Internet that Frank was employed
by, or worked as, a butcher are totally fictitious.