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George Stephenson

Oil Painting
1846 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

An oil portrait of George Stephenson (1781-1848), the inventor of steam locomotion and founder of the railway. He is depicted seated at a table in a dark suit, holding a design for a viaduct.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil Painting, 'George Stephenson', William Daniels, 1846
Physical Description
An oil portrait of George Stephenson (1781-1848), the inventor of steam locomotion and founder of the railway. He is depicted seated at a table in a dark suit, holding a design for a viaduct.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 55.4cm
  • Estimate width: 38.7cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'This portrait of the Eminent Engineer George Stephenson Was painted from life in 1846 for Sir Joshau Walmsley by Wm. Daniels; The likeness in earnest discussion was eminently successful: It has never been copied and must eventually become an object of great interest: The name of Stephenson like that of Shakespeare will live in the grateful recolletion of his Countrymen and this Effigy of the Mechanic of the Tyne will be as much esteemed as that of the far famed "Bard of Avon". 'The painter's power of illustration were only exceeded by his eccentricities of character: Like Morland many of his pictures were pronounced "Gems of Art" In troubles oft, In prisons not unfrequent, he was another instance of Great Talents being sacrificed to debasing Habits. 'Joshua Walmsley' (Inscribed by the donor, Sir Joshua Walmsley, on the backboard)
Credit line
Given by Sir Joshua Walmsley
Object history
Given by Sir Joshua Walmsley, 1872
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 65
Collection
Accession Number
364-1872

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record createdSeptember 7, 2006
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