David Cox 1783–1859
A Train on a Viaduct
Date Date not known
Medium Crayon and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 83 x 113 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
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.
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