Images Index> 20th & 21st Century, Matlock> This page
Matlock Bank from the Derwent, 1903
Matlock : Twentieth Century Photographs, Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
Matlock Bank from the Derwent, 1903
20th & 21st C Images
Next Image
Previous Image
More Matlock Pictures
18th & 19thC
"Just" Images
General Info
About Matlock
Find a Name
Biography of artist

Smedley's Hydropathic Institution, 1890s

Smedley's Hydro,
early 1900s

A postcard of Matlock from a painting by Henry Hadfield Cubley, dated 1903. Cubley lived in Matlock Bath for a quite number of years and painted many local scenes. Smedley's Hydro and the chimney of its boiler house are unmistakable in this picture, although the proportions of the building are not quite the same in reality. Cubley chose the view from the Hall Leys, shown before it was developed by the local Council and turned into the great asset that it is to the town today. We are seeing Smedley's over the tops of buildings on Bank Road, though it is difficult to decide which buildings they are, although one could be Mrs. Smedley's Hydropathic Hospital.

Perhaps the people the artist has included are his wife and one of his daughters, or both his daughters. He has made them as equally important as the Hydro in his composition, if not more so, as the eye is immediately drawn to the red dress. Also see Old Matlock, which includes three figures.

A selection of Cubley's paintings of Matlock & Matlock Bath that are on this web site:

Old Matlock

Matlock Church
from Hawe Leys

The Old Bridge, Matlock

Pic Tor

Riber Hall

Ralph Tuck & Sons "Oilette" [Regd.] Postcard 1705. "Matlock Bank from the Derwent" Art Publisher to their Majesties the King and Queen.
The card was posted at Ryde, IOW, on 15 Mar 1906 and sent to Mrs. Sutton of Ryde by her sister Emma. The message is unconnected to Matlock. Another card was posted in 1904.
The postcard had the usual side bar for the card's title and message that was part of all postcards produced in the first decade of the twentieth century but has been omitted to present a slightly larger image.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.