Stephenson family (Birthplace of the locomotive)

Made:
1861 in United Kingdom
maker:
John Lucas
artist:
William Lucas

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Oil painting by an unknown artist of Stephenson (1781-1848), and family, with a colliery and early colliery engine in
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Painting. [The Stephenson Family (Birthplace of the Locomotive)] / by William Lucas, 1861. - Oil on canvas; 137.5 x 121.5 cm in gilt frame 164 x 148 x 8 cm. - Unsigned. - Pencil inscribed verso on stretcher in 19th century hand: Commenced 18 February 1861. - After the larger oil commissioned by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) from John Lucas (1807-1874) in 1857 (now in Chesterfield Town Hall) ; this exact reduced scale copy was commissioned by his cousin George Robert Stephenson (1819-1905) in 1861 from Lucas' artist son William Lucas (1840-1895). - Portrait, historical and allegorical group, focussing on the achievements of George Stephenson (1781-1848), with members of his family past and present including Robert Stephenson standing R; and symbols of his life including Killingworth colliery, wagonway with Blucher? locomotive, Dial Cottage, miner's pick and 'Geordie' lamp; to L, Chat Moss LMR? or North East Railway line to Scotland. Much debate as to specific content. Information sheet available (in course of further revision 6/02).

Details

Category:
Art
Measurements:
frame: 1640 mm x 1480 mm x 80 mm,
image: 1375 mm x 1215 mm
Identifier:
1939-380
type:
portrait
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
  • visual and verbal communication

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