“Two Kings in Waiting”… or express travel how it used to be. Two ex Great Western Railway ‘King’ Class locomotives await their departure fro Paddington station around about 1960, give or take a couple of years. The nearer one is ‘King Richard III’ the further’s identity remains unknown.
I was tring for a more impressionistic style with this painting, and I’m not sure that comes across in the finished work, though I’m quite pleased with it. There is substantially less detail here than I’ve sometimes done in the past – there must be, it was completed much more quickly, but I’m not sure that the difference isall that noticeable. There might be a message in that!
A newly completed painting from the days when rail travel was done in style. Technical information follows for those interested in such matters.
Five of Sir Nigel Gresley’s finest, in steam and poised for High Speed action, seen here in the full glory of their pre-war condition London and North Eastern Railway condition. For the eagle eyed amongst you, one of these is not an A4…
I call this one “Through the Wall”. A Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 makes its way through the purpose made arch in the medieval town walls of Conway (nowadays called Conwy) in the early 1960s. To me, scenes like this capture the spirit of the dying days of the working national steam railway. Through the Wall 0 1 0 Published: April 28th 2021
When I was young and used to spend a lot of time on model railways, Triang-Hornby had a little tank engine, or a family of them “Nellie”, “Polly” and “Connie” as well as some numbered brothers such as “No.27”. They had a certain charm, but were as much toy as model really. This year is Hornby Railways’ hundredth birthday, so as my own little tribute, here is No.7178 re-imagined as a real locomotive.
Great Western Railway Manor “Lydham Manor” and Hall class locos travelling through the English West Country. This is an oil painting I did in 1997, with a little digital restoration to correct the way the colours had aged. I made a bad mistake at the time, using cold-pressed (instead of boiled) linseed oil as a medium. Lovely if you want to impart a golden brown colour to your work over time, but otherwise not a thing to repeat!