One of Doncaster Museum Service’s most recent purchases is this powerful painting of the Doncaster Plant Works, by the famous railway artist Terence Cuneo.
Cuneo was commissioned to paint the picture by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1947, as a design for a poster to promote their services. In the following year, after nationalisation of the railways, the poster was re-issued by British Railways.
Cuneo visited the Crimpsall Paint Shop at the Plant on January 22nd 1947. Writing afterwards about the visit, he said: “I was led wide eyed into a huge and clean locomotive paint shop. There before me towered the magnificent Gresley Pacific, her body gleaming in fresh blue livery, whilst beside her and slightly in front stood an equally elegant A1 in contrasting LNER green. God what a picture it made.”
The poster of 'Giants Refreshed' was a great success, helping to establish Cuneo’s reputation as an artist.
Where to see this painting?
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
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More on this painting
DONMG : 2008.59
purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 2008