19th century watercolourist
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Samuel and Mary Greg's daughter Amy, born in 1840 at Turner Heath,
and lived most of her life at Mount. Amy
was unmarried and lived with her parents, occupying part of her time
with painting in watercolours. She had inherited
the estate by the end of her life, about 1899. A collection of her
watercolours is kept in the Cheshire county archives. Some examples
can be seen below.
of her work came to light and all of the almost 40 paintings were
set on and around the Mount estate. This particular collection is
known to have been painted in or around 1898. Many of the views are
easily identifiable today and it is interesting to see the differences
in the scenes.
notable aspect of the pictures is that they contain
only the slightest indication of any industrialisation - pictures
over Lowerhouse omit the mill; those over Bollington show no sign
of the railway or the mills. Clarence and Adelphi would have
been clearly visible but there is nothing of them. There seems to
me to be two possible reasons for this. Maybe she wished to express
the romantic view of the world in which there was no place for the
greater works of man.
Alternatively maybe this omission was a reflection of her father's
attitude to his mill. In the mid 1840s he fell out with his workers
and never set foot in the mill again. One can only imagine what might
have been said behind the closed doors of the Mount!
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