Edward Dayes 1763–1804
Bedlam Furnace, Coalbrookdale
Date Date not known
Medium Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 316 x 440 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXI J
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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.
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