Thursday, 9 October 2014

George Stephenson Teaching

This is George Stephenson -

His first job was working as an assistant fireman to his father. He was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. The Victorians considered him a great role model of diligent application and thirst for improvement

In L'Univers Illustré there is a picture of him -

I found the original on the BBC website. It's called 'George Stephenson Instructing the Daughters of Edward Pease'
The artist is unknown, and they invite people to write back if they know any more. 

The newspaper says that the print is after a painting by Rankley. 
I've started a discussion about it on the art detective site.

Here is a painting that is definitely by Rankey, to compare the styles.

The George Stephenson painting looks different because it is less finished - but I think 
the colours and compositions seem to be by the same artist. There are three figures together, and
one figure sat a distance apart in both the paintings. 

This is a portrait of Edward Pease who is sat apart in the painting, watching Stephenson 
teaching his daughters. 

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers also has other things about Stephenson. This is his ruler which he used to design the railways -

and some other things from his life - 

The year before he died he became the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
He wanted to spend his last days encouraging and advising young engineers. 

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