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View of the London and Croydon Railway.
View of the London and Croydon Railway. From the deep cutting made through the hill at New Cross Hill, looking towards the Greenwich Railway.
On stone by E. Duncan. Day & Haghe Lith.rs to the Queen.
Published at 105 Leadenhall Street, 1st June 1838.
Coloured lithograph. Printed area: 490 x 285mm. (19¼ x 11¼"), with large margins.
The London and Croydon Railway was opened in 1839. Extensive earthworks were needed at New Cross, otherwise the gradient of 1 in 100 would have been too steep. This view shows the impact of the newly built railways on the surronding environment; the railway track and deep verges divide the landscape and a steam train can be seen travelling towards London.
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[Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway.]
[Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway.]
[Engraved by Robert Brandard after J.M.W. Turner.]
[London: James S. Virtue, 1859-61.]
Steel engraving on steel, proof before letters, printed on chine collé. 310 x 435mm (12 x 17") very large margins. Slight marking on india paper at top.
A ‘Firefly’ class locomotive crossing the Maidenhead Railway Bridge towards the west, the landscape obscured by rain and steam. A hare runs ahead of the approaching train. ''According to the artist George Leslie, who as a boy had watched Turner putting the final touches to the painting the day before it went on public exhibition in 1844, the hare, not the train, was meant to represent speed'' (National Gallery). From the First Edition of 'The Turner Gallery', which contained sixty plates, mostly taken from Turner's paintings in the National Gallery. Turner had died a decade earlier, but most of the engravers of this series had worked with the artist before.
See National Gallery NG538 for the painting with an extensive description. Rawlingson 748.
[Ref: 53007]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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