William Turner pains Rain, Steam and Speed

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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.

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Editors. "William Turner pains Rain, Steam and Speed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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