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'The Collier', 1814.

Havell, Robert

'The Collier', 1814.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Hand-coloured aquatint by Robert Havell after George Walker from 'The Costume of Yorkshire' by George Walker, published 1814 by Robinson & Son of Leeds. The image features the earliest known representation of a steam train (Blenkinsop's 'Salamanca') on the Leeds and Middleton Railway, 11 years before the better known Stockton to Darlington Railway opened.'The Costume of Yorkshire' recorded the social customs, pastimes and occupations of the people of Yorkshire at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It contained 40 aquatints together with more than 100 pages of text describing the scenes in both English and French. Its author, George Walker (1781-1856), was commisioned to produce the book by a local bookseller.

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