Artwork of the Week – William Powell Frith


Liverpool artwork of the week 15. 17. ‘The Railway Station’ by William Powell Frith in ‘The Railway – Art in the Age of Steam’ at The Walker April 18 – August 10 2008

One of my favourites from the exhibition. There’s so much action and it tell us a lot about the different classes at the time (1862) grouped together like actors on the stage.

There’s a lot of detail in the work, Frith painted the interior of the station (Paddington) and the engines and carriages from photographs. Painters at the time were still not confident about painting such objects of engineering.

This major exhibition captures the excitement of the steam train in art from the earliest days, through the boom years of Victorian railways to the end of the line in the 1960s.

Art in the Age of Steam is the most wide-ranging exhibition yet held to look at how artists responded to the extraordinary impact that steam trains had on landscape and society. It is one of the major highlights of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year.


Link to the Walker