In a time when horses were the fastest mode of transit, the railroad was as radical as Turner’s abstraction.
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Rain, Steam, and Speed — The Great Western Railway, oil on canvas, 1844 (National Gallery, London)
Rain, Steam, and Speed — The Great Western Railway was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844. It depicts the Maidenhead Railway Bridge (completed 1838) looking east, across the River Thames between Taplow and Maidenhead.
Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "A-Level: J. M. W. Turner, Rain, Steam, and Speed — The Great Western Railway
," in Smarthistory
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