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Durham Faces

When the Swiss artist, Samuel Grimm went on his sketching tours of the North East in the second half of the 18th century, the great majority of his drawings were of purely antiquarian interest. His work reflects almost nothing of the burgeoning industrial activity that so impressed - and often appalled - other visitors.

But he did show an interest in people. Some were curiosities: idiots or grotesques. Many were ordinary people in everyday settings - children playing, women cooking, men processing to church - scenes that perhaps suggest the loneliness of the traveller in a foreign land.

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