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.
Perhaps the people the artist has included
are his wife and one of his daughters, or both his daughters, as
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: