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The Pic Tor, Matlock, from a painting by H H Cubley
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The Pic Tor, Matlock, painted by local artist Henry Hadfield Cubley about 1900
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Matlock Bank from the Derwent, 1903

Matlock Church from Hawe Leys, before 1904

The Old Bridge

Biography of artist

Henry Hadfield Cubley's picture of Matlock's Pic Tor was probably painted about 1900. The artist manages to capture the freshness and light of the riverbank scene on what was probably a spring day. The two figures in the middle distance are undoubtedly his daughters. He emphasises their presence by the small splash of red which he has used in quite a few of his pictures where two female figures are included.

Pic Tor was almost always known as Pig Tor during the nineteenth century[1]. Ebenezer Rhodes used the name Pig Tor when writing about Matlock in 1824[2]. However, Adam referred to the Tor as Horse Tor[3] and Moore included it as part of Church Rocks[4], although he later called it Pig-tree Tor[5].

In the mid nineteenth century George Bradshaw commented that Derbyshire's rivers, the Wye, the Dewent and the Dove, "are perhaps the best for trout and grayling in the kingdom"[6].

A Ralph Tuck & Sons "Oilette" [Regd,] Postcard 1705. Art Publishers to their Majesties the King and Queen.
Posted in Birkenhead on 10 Dec 1904. Message not relevant to view
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
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

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

[1] The only reference to Pic Tor found by the webmistress in the nineteenth century was in a newspaper of 1887

[2] Quote from Rhodes is included on the page Pic Tor, 1903-1905

[3] Adam, W (1840) "The Gem of the Peak" London; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row, 2nd Edition See on site transcript

[4] Moore, Henry (1818) Picturesque Excursions From Derby to Matlock Bath, and its Vicinity ; Being a Descriptive Guide to the Most Interesting Scenery and Curiosities in that Romantic District, With Observations Thereon", H. Moore, Drawing Master; Printed by T. Wilkinson, Ridgefield, Manchester See on site transcript, pp42-6

[5] According to Benjamin Bryan, this was in Moore's "Stranger's Guide", 1833, p.36

[6] "Bradshaw's Handbook for Tourists in Great Britain and Ireland ... Section Four ... Railways ... Midland", (1866) pub London (Adams) & Manchester (Bradshaw and Blacklock). This guide is now famous as the inspiration for the BBC TV series "Great British Railway Journeys" presented by Michael Portillo