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Creator:
John Wilson Carmichael, 1799–1868, British
Title:

Corby Viaduct, the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway

Date:
1836
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 8 x 12 inches (20.3 x 30.5 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated, lower left: "J.W. Carmichael | 1836"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1989.16.1
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
apron (main garment) | arches | architecture | bonnets | cape | corn | equestrians | farming | farmland | fields (agricultural land) | genre subject | horses (animals) | laborers | landscape | poke bonnet | railroad | railway | road | tracks | train | viaduct | workers
Associated Places:
Cumbria | England | United Kingdom | Wetheral
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1306
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In 1837, John Wilson Carmichael produced designs to illustrate a book of Views on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, a celebratory presentation of the new commercial freight railroad connecting two major northern cities. Here, Carmichael represents a viaduct crossing the estate of Henry Howard at Great Corby in Cumbria and juxtaposes boldly traditional agricultural life with the new steampowered rail network. The foreground harvesters are almost all women, apart from the male stewards, reflecting the fact that men were increasingly drawn off the land to supply labor for urban factories and heavy industry, including the construction of engineering projects such as the railways themselves.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Roads to Rails - Revolution in British Transport (Yale Center for British Art, 1992-04-15 - 1992-06-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Christiana Payne, Toil and plenty, images of the agricultural landscape in England, 1780-1890 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1993, pp. 103-104, no. 21, ND1354.4 P39 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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