LMS BLACK PRINCE OF WALES AT CAMBRIDGE 1935 TO 1940
GICLEE PRINT OF ORIGINAL OIL-ON-CANVAS PAINTING
I chose this view of the "Prince of Wales" class of steam locomotives because the huge Homepride flour mill in the background provides an impressive backdrop to the scene of the railway uard in the foreground.. "Prince of Wales" class locomotives worked in the Cambridge area for a long time.
The photograph: Henry Casserley took the black and white photograph on which this painting is based in the 1940s. I have used it as the inspiration for my painting with the permission of his son Richard Casserley, who hold the copyright for all the photographs taken by his father. To expand the area of the painting beyond the area covered in the main photo, and to center the locomotive in the scene, I researched several other photos taken by other people of the same approximate scene to make sure that the painting was accurate for the time.
The painting: This original image is painted with oils on canvas showing the "Prince of Wales" steam locomotive "Falaba" towards the end of its life at any time from the late 1930s through the mid 1940s. During that period, the "Prince of Wales" class of locomotives were painted in LMS black livery with maroon lining. They also had an extra "2" added in front of their regular numbers to denote that their original numbers were allocated to newly build locomotives. They were being replaced. "Falaba" lasted a long time being built in 1916 and scrapped in January 1946.
The "Prince of Wales" class of locomotives were a numerous and successful class built by the London & Northwestern Railway from 1911 through 1922. The LMS inherited all 246 "Prince of Wales" locomotives and they worked hard all over the LMS lines, undergoing boiler changes, livery and number changes during their lives. About a third of them carried names. I have chosen to paint named locomotives in my images of "Princes" at Cambridge.