Paul Sandby Munn
Bedlam Furnace, Madeley Dale, Shropshire 1803

Artwork details

Paul Sandby Munn 1773–1845
Bedlam Furnace, Madeley Dale, Shropshire
Date 1803
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 325 x 548 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1780

Display caption

With its ready supply of coal and iron ore, Shropshire was at the heart of the acceleration of Britain’s industrial economy from the middle of the 18th century. Here, Munn shows a scene of local industry with great attention to detail, both of the buildings and of atmospheric effects. The picture could be said to be an attempt at a kind of industrial version of the Picturesque –the ideal of variety and irregularity which had influenced images of rural life in previous decades.

February 2016

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