Local artist Henry Hadfield Cubley was
one of many painters to portray the varied moods of High Tor on canvas.
He manages, as with many of his pictures of river scenes, to capture
the sparkle of the sunlight on the water. The young girls are absorbing
the scene and their eyes may have spotted the swooping birds, depicted
almost as red slashes.
The original painting, here reproduced from a post card, was first
shown at an exhibition of paintings held at Matlock Bath Assembly
Rooms in September 1887. His other works included "The
Terrace, Haddon Hall", "The
Derwent, Ambergate", "In Alderwasley Park", "Gipsies
Encamping near Crich", ... "The Stepping Stones, Whatstandwell" and "The
Church and Rocks, Matlock Bath".
A selection of the paintings by Henry Hadfield Cubley on this website.