David Cox

A Railway Engine

Artist
David Cox 1783–1859
Medium
Watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 85 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08766

Not on display

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David Cox developed a highly spontaneous, informal approach to watercolour technique. Here he applies this to a distinctively modern feature of the landscape. The growth of steam power in the early nineteenth century revolutionised transport and industry. However, few painters were as adept as Turner in incorporating its symbolism into their art.

Gallery label, September 2004

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