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Matlock Bath: from a sketch by Samuel Rayner, 1830



More engravings from this book (Picture Gallery):


The Crescent, Buxton



Haddon Hall




Matlock Bath



The image above shows where William Adam's Royal Museum was - the building in what is today Museum Parade (South Parade) that has the large window at first floor level. It was drawn by Thomas Orlando Jewitt, an engraver on wood and brother of Llewellynn Jewitt. He had lived in Duffield for a time before moving to Oxfordshire. Their father, Arthur Jewitt, describes the Parade and Museum in his "Matlock Companion" of 1835.

"Museum Parade. This is the most elegant, perhaps the most beautiful part of Matlock [Bath]. On the western side of fine gravelled road, edged with a smooth broad flagged causeway, is a pleasing row of tall houses, of a remarkable lively appearance, and bearing some little similarity to each other. They once formed but one building, which used to be an Hotel, but are now appropriated to various purposes. The house at the northern end is still an Hotel, kept by Mr. Hodgkinson: the two in the centre, decorated till lately, with light and beautiful porticoes, are used as museums, for the sale of minerals and fossil productions of the country, and of elegant trifles of every description.-That nearest the Hotel, distinguishable by its large projecting window, and the Royal Arms over its entrance, is the property of Mrs. Mawe ... "[1].
Matlock Bath: from a sketch by Samuel Rayner, 1830. The porticoes mentioned by Arthur Jewitt can be seen below the big bay window in Rayner's sketch.

Adam took over what had been Mr. Mawe's Royal Museum from John Vallance, who opened his own museum in the building next door. It is Mr. Mawe's name that is shown in Jewitt's picture but Adam would undoubtedly have been pleased to have been associated with a man who was revered in geological circles of the day. The Museum was accessed through the door on the right and then by climbing a flight of stairs. It you look carefully at the windows you can see an array of objects for sale on display. When some bigger sculptures were put in the window they must have been a spectacular sight. His patron was William Spencer Cavendish, the bachelor 6th Duke of Devonshire who was a collector of sculpture and visited Matlock Bath on numerous occasions.

The advertisements for Adam & Co's. Royal Museum, below, included the Jewitt engaving and were a two page spread published in his book "The Gem of the Peak"[2].




Read another advertisement for the museum, extracted from Jewitt's "The Matlock Companion"


Advertisements for The Royal Museum, Matlock Bath, and text from the book, published in: Adam, W. (1840) "The Gem of the Peak" London; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row.
From the collection of and © Ann Andrews.
Information written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[2] Jewitt, Arthur (1835) "The Matlock Companion; and visitor's guide to the beauties of Matlock ..., including also a brief sketch of Buxton". Second edition. Duffield, Derby

[1] Adam, William (1840) "The Gem of the Peak", London; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row - see onsite transcript.