Engraved by B. Howlett
This engraving dates from around the time Joseph Notzel Cumming
and his wife Mary began running the Old Bath Hotel. The caption
but this is an engraving of Matlock Bath and was signed by B : Howlett
Tourists of the time could not go overseas because of the French
Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars so guides were printed to encourage
people to visit parts of the British Isles they may not have been
to before as an alternative to the Grand Tour. In the preface to
the book Howlett's engraving was published in the author wrote that
he "hopes his
work will furnish information and advice to those persons who are
at a loss to know where their leisure may most agreeably be spent,
or their health the most completely restored "
A few years later David Peter Davies described the scene:
"Following the lower road, which leads to the Old Bath, another
house of public reception, a new and most pleasing point of view
is reached. Here the river recedes in a curve from the road,
forming a little meadow as a foreground to the picture. This
is firmly opposed and backed, by a line of rock and wood, a mass
of trees to the right, and shutting out, for a short time, all
other features of the scenery".
Matlock & Matlock
Bath Public Notices & Announcements has several refences to
the Old Bath.
hyperlinks are to information elsewhere on this web site):
 Bartholomew Howlett (1767-1827) was
a draughtsman and landscape engraver. He was baptized at Gainsborough
on 5 July 1767 (IGI).
There is more information about him in the Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography.
 "A Guide to all the Watering
and Sea-Bathing Places; with a Description of the Lakes ..." (1806),
by the Editor of The Picture of London, London : Printed for
Richard Phillips, 6, Bridge-street, Blackfriars, and to be had
of the Booksellers at all the Watering and Sea-bathing Places ; W.
Lewis, Printer, Paternoster Row booksellers.
 Davies, David Peter (1811) "History
of Derbyshire" pub. S. Mason, Belper, p.467.
Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811 is
based on this book and is a searchable alphabetical listing on
site. There are descriptions of parishes in the county, including
Matlock and Matlock Bath.