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Kirkby in Ashfield, Sir Richard Kaye's garden f.36

Kirkby in Ashfield, Sir Richard Kaye's garden f.36

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1792

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15544

Item number: f.36

Length: 19

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The Rev. Sir Richard Kaye became Rector of Kirkby in 1765. He was a popular clergyman and succeeded in winning back many "dissenting" parishioners who had joined the Methodist and Anabaptist churches.

Over a twenty-year period, Kaye employed the artist Samuel Hieronymus Grimm as a travel companion, to record "everything curious" they discovered on their journeys across the country. The notebooks and drawings provide a rare opportunity to recover the lost and pre-industrial landscapes of late 18th-century England. In particular they open a window into the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Kirkby in Ashfield.

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