David Cox
A Railway Engine date not known

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David Cox 1783–1859
A Railway Engine
Date Date not known
Medium Watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 85 x 113 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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.

September 2004

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