Antique Water Colour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
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This is a beautiful watercolourwhich depicts a view of The Thames at Twickenham. The watercolouris signed lower rightJohn Cooke Bourne (1814-1896).
It is double framed in a simple golden frame which matches the background perfectly. There is an inscription at the back of the painting which confirms the name of the artist and further names which are difficult to decipher.
John Cooke Bourne(1814-1896) was an artist and engraver. He is best known for hislithographsshowing the construction of theLondon and Birmingham Railwayand theGreat Western Railway.His book Drawings of the London & Birmingham Railway was published in 1838.
He then carried out a similar project during the building of theGreat Western Railway. History and Description of the Great Western Railway was published in 1843.
In 1848Charles Vignolesinvited Bourne to record the building of the Dnieper Bridge in Kiev, Russia. Bourne also took photographs of the men working on the bridge.
Each set of prints was published as separate books, and became classic representations of the construction of the early railways. Prints were often hand coloured for a vivid picture of events.
Clues as to the problems encountered can be seen for example in his print ofSonning Cuttingwhere a terrible train accident had occurred in December 1842. The train had collided with alandslipand killed nine stonemasons returning from work in London to theWest Country. The picture shows labourers working to clear further slips in the bank.
Another of his famous prints shows a largelandslipon theLondon and Birmingham Railwayjust north ofWolverton railway workswhich occurred during the construction of the Wolvertonviaductover theRiver Ouse.
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- Fine Art
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- United Kingdom
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