TREVITHICK 200
2004
 
ACRYLIC
24" x 20", 60 cms x 50 cms
4250
 
Trevithick Painiting
 

Exhibited at the National Railway Museum in York as part of a major exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the first successful railway locomotive, this dramatic painting is intended to be an evocation of the great Cornish engineering genius Richard Trevithick. His development of high-pressure steam engines came after his early work improving the Newcomen atmospheric steam engines which worked the pumps at the tin mines of which he was a mine captain. This, the Pen-y-Darren locomotive, looked strange for after its historic journey in 1804, hauling a train of wagons and winning a wager that this could be done it was installed as a static engine to work a trip-hammer.