Entrance into the Devil's Hole


This view is a copy of a drawing possibly by Thomas Sandby (bap. 1723, d.1798), made to illustrate the artist and composer Theodosius Forrest’s own copy of an account of a trip that the two made around Yorkshire and Derbyshire in 1774. It shows the entrance to the cavern commonly known as the Devil’s Arse, which name was retained (‘saving your reverence’) by William Camden in his Britannia (1586) and by Daniel Defoe in A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-26), although in his title to the view, Forrest opts for the more genteel ‘Devil’s Hole’.

Full title:
Entrance into the Devils Hole in the Peak
Watercolour / View
Theodosius Forrest
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Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Add. MS 42232, f.45

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