LMS CLAUGHTON ASCENDING EDGE HILL LIVERPOOL 1930 TO 1939
GICLEE PRINT OF AN ORIGINAL OIL-ON-CANVAS PAINTING
This painting shows a large, powerful Claughton class steam locomotive ascending the incline of Edge Hill, on the way out of Lime Street cutting Liverpool. The towering smoke above the locomotive shows that it is working hard.
The photograph: The painting is inspired by a black and white photograph taken by the Reverend Eric Treacy circa 1938, with the permission of the National Railway Museum, who own the copyright to all photos in the Eric Treacy collection.
The painting: In my oil-on-canvas interpretation, I changed the Rebuilt Caprotti Claughton to one with Walchearts valve gear and renumbered and renamed it "Breadelbane". Also, the coaches in the painting are different, based on model coaches in my collection. I also put leaves on the trees on the right hand side to add a splash of green. The smoke is almost the same as in the photograph!
This painting is based on the most dramatic photograph of a Claughton that I could find. Named after a managing director of the London & North Western Railway (LNWR), I particularly wanted to paint a Claughton because it was the last express passenger class designed and built by the LNWR. They were all scrapped by 1950 and are becoming lost to memory. In fact all ex-LNWR locomotives from the Edwardian age have been neglected because none, except for one heavy freight G2A 0-8-0, have been preserved. The LMS rebuilt 20 of the original Claughtons with larger boilers in the 1920s, so this painting is definitely depicts an LMS Claughton. I want to keep the memories of long-gone steam locomotive types alive. So painting a dramatic image of a handsome rebuilt Claughton locomotive has given me great pleasure.