image © Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum | Licence: All Rights Reserved
image © Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum | Licence: All Rights Reserved

The Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

1871

John Dobbin

From the collection

Title

The Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

Date

1871

Artist

Description

Commissioned by Henry Pease (1807-81), the last surviving son of Edward Pease, the Father of the Railways, for the 50th Anniversary of the opening. It was first exhibited at a Conversazione held in Central Hall in 1875 by Henry Fell Pease (1838-96), the son of Henry Pease and Mayor of Darlington that year.
There are three known versions of this celebrated scene. First, the finished painting painted in 1871, second, a rather naive sketch now in the Science Museum collection, and third, a sepia version also dated 1871 in the National Railway Museum.
The railway was opened on 27th September 1825, and was the first railway in the world to use steam locomotives.

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Location

River Skerne, Darlington, England

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Credits

Image Credit

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Image Licence

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