'Exhalting and Enlarging the Mind'
THE 1839 DERBY MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE EXHIBITION
Open from May 13th 1839 until September the same year, the Derby Mechanics’ Institute Exhibition was a landmark event, as Derby’s first foray into the growing exhibition culture of the nineteenth century.
Today our knowledge of this exhibition primarily comes from a hand-coloured lithograph, produced by Samuel Rayner, entitled Derby’s First Exhibition.
In 1839 Samuel Rayner was a successful artist residing at 17 Friar Gate and co-running the Cornmarket Gallery in Derby; his depiction of the exhibition highlights the vibrant cultural life of the town in the 1830s.Download the Full Article (PDF)