POST-IRONIC IRON HORSE                               

24" x 36" (61 x 91cm)

Acrylic on gessoed panel


Post-Ironic Iron Horse, otherwise known as King George V. Who on earth paints railway engines these days? J.M.W.Turner did so back in the whenever, of course, and to general approval. But since then the genre has rather fallen out of fashion. King George V, the first of the GWR’s 4-6-0 King Class, was built in 1927 and became one of the most successful steam locomotives in the world. In that year she visited America, taking part in the centenary celebrations of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. It was from them she received her famous commemorative bell. This has been stolen from time to time. On one occasion it was found in London’s Serpentine! The engine is shown at Old Oak Common, London, which, along with Wimbledon and Putney, was one of the creative commons of my youth. KGV was withdrawn from service in 1962 having by then run 1,910,424 miles. She is preserved at Swindon, England. The work is presented in a domed black lacquer frame.

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