William Turner pains Rain, Steam and Speed

(89 words)
  • Editors

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : .

The London-born painter J. M. W. Turner was famous during his lifetime, as he still is today, for use of oils to paint light in almost translucent hues. This is perhaps best seen in his painting Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway, which was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1844. This is widely agreed to depict a train crossing the River Thames on the Maidenhead Railway Bridge, but it is distinctive for its barely perceptible objects, swamped by the tumultuous power of the rain and wind.

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Editors. "William Turner pains Rain, Steam and Speed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=4869, accessed 02 July 2015.]