The landscape of Coalbrookdale in Shropshire was transformed in the later eighteenth century, as the area’s iron industry expanded massively. Modern historians have emphasised the dramatic changes caused by the so-called Industrial Revolution, but this drawing suggests that the industrial landscape could be appreciated for its tranquil, even charming qualities.
Edward Dayes taught Thomas Girtin and influenced Turner. This watercolour came from Turner’s collection.
Gallery label, September 2004