Kirkby in Ashfield, Sir Richard Kaye's garden f.37
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
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.