David Cox

A Train on a Viaduct

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
David Cox 1783–1859
Medium
Crayon and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 83 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
T08770

Display caption

The first passenger railway in the world opened in 1825, between Stockton and Darlington. Although steam trains had been in use for commercial and industrial purposes for some years, this event began a new era of passenger transport.

Although the advent of steam travel transformed the way people led their lives, few artists ventured to represent steam trains.

Gallery label, February 2004

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