Edward Dayes

Bedlam Furnace, Coalbrookdale

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

Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 316 x 440 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36352
Turner Bequest CCCLXXI J

Display caption

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