Ashbourne is not just a modern arts town. It has featured as the subject for artists over the years
Karl Hagedorn painted a number of local Derbyshire scenes in the 1940s. Two were of Ashbourne. One scene is familiar, the second may no longer exist. Can anyone identify the view? The Committee for the Employment of Artists in Wartime launched a scheme in 1940 to get artists to capture British scenes. Around 1500 paintings were completed by 97 artists and in 1949 their work was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The subjects were of typical English villages and towns as well as some rural scenes. The system was called ‘Recording the changing face of Britain’. There was concern that bombing or invasion would damage the landscape and that industrial progress would also change things irretrievably.