Monday, 29 April 2013

Turner - Painting the Industrial Revolution

Great programme on BBC2 (9pm, Fri 26th Apr 2013) entitled "The Genius of Turner - Painting the Industrial Revolution".

It described how the artist J.M.W Turner (1775-1851) lived through - and painted -the Industrial revolution. The introduction of steam power in factiries, trains and ships were all documented by Turner in wonderful paintings.

The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up (click to enlarge)


It is worth remembering that the train he painted in 1844 was one of the first vehicles that could transport a man faster than a horse could run - truly this was the dawn of a new era.

Rain, Steam and Speed and the Great Western Railway (click to enlarge)


As this was a time when there was no distinction between the arts and sciences (and scholars were often interested in both), Turner used the latest scientific thinking in his paintings, for example the work of Herschel on the nature of the Sun, and of Luke Howards work in classifying clouds.

Top notch telly. Well Done BBC.

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Image Sources
Rain, Steam and Speed and the Great Western Railway
The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up

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