CLAY CROSS: Probus Club hears a talk on artist John Constable and photographer Frank Sutcliffe

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The August meeting of the Clay Cross and District Probus club was held at the North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross.

The president Geof Colishaw was chairman.

Charles Stanley gave a report on the July walk from Middleton Top on the High Peak Trail that was well supported.

This month’s speaker was Marjorie Dunn who gave a talk on the artist John Constable and the photographer, Frank Sutcliffe.

Both Constable and Sutcliffe captured life as they saw it around them and provided a permanent record of the way of life in their time and home areas.

Constable was the son of a rich corn merchant and miller in the Stour Valley in Suffolk. The family did not want him to be an artist they wanted him to run the mills and barges that were the family business. He did however, train as an artist but was also in the family business due to his father’s illness. He painted the landscapes and mills with river scenes and boats as the opportunity allowed, some painting being completed over several years. His picture of Salisbury Cathedral was a commission that is now a very famous painting.

Frank Sutcliffe was the son of a very early photographer who built up a business when photography was only available to the well-off market. Due to his father’s illness Frank took on the work and built it up with photographs that were of life in Whitby and that area of the Yorkshire coast. Many of his photographs have become classic pictures of the early days of photography in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Charles Stanley gave the vote of thanks to Marjorie for her talk.