Painting, Junction Street showing Denton Mill and Dixon’s Chimney, Carlisle, 1863 William Henry Nutter (1821-1872)
Denton Mill was originally a water corn mill powered by the Denton Holme millrace. This area soon became an industrial centre when Dixon’s factory and chimney was built on Shaddongate in 1836. It was one of the largest cotton factories of its kind in Britain at the time. Peter Dixon and Sons became one of the largest cotton spinners and manufacturers producing woven and checked cloth.
The artist William Henry Nutter was born in Carlisle and mainly painted architectural subjects in watercolour. Later in life he focused on landscapes of the local area. He travelled abroad due to ill health and died in Malaga, Spain.
- Denton Mill demonstrates the beginnings of industrial progress in Carlisle. The North of England became and important centre for the cotton idustry. Many local people were employed by the Dixons' family during the Victorian era.
- William Nutter is a famous, locally born painter. He focused mainly on architectural subjects, and therefore records a lot about our Victorian heritage
I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650