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Kirkby in Ashfield Parsonage, harvest prayers

Kirkby in Ashfield Parsonage, harvest prayers

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15544

Item number: f.15

Genre: Manuscript

An outline view in ink of a room in Kirkby in Ashfield parsonage representing the harvest children assembled at prayers led by the Rev.Sir Richard Kaye. Kaye, who became Rector of Kirkby in 1765, was a popular and charitable clergyman. He renovated the parish church and succeeded in winning back to his congregation those who had formerly "dissented" to the Methodist and Anabaptist churches.

The Rev. Kaye commissioned Samuel Grimm to make drawings of "everything curious" as they travelled the English countryside together as Kaye carried out his ecclesiastical commitments. These drawings provide an intimate view of life in a country yet to be transformed by the Industrial Revolution.

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