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An Engine is Wheeled, BR poster, 1950s

Poster produced for British Railways (BR), showing labourers installing wheels on a steam locomotive at the Derby Locomotive Works. Artwork by Terence Cuneo, son of the artists Cyrus and Nell Cuneo. He studied at the Chelsea and Slade Art Schools and in addition to a long career designing railway posters, he also painted portraits (including royal portraits) and ceremonial and military subjects

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This print takes us back to the 1950s, capturing a pivotal moment in British Railways' history. The image showcases skilled labourers diligently installing wheels on a majestic steam locomotive at the renowned Derby Locomotive Works. The poster, created by Terence Cuneo, son of esteemed artists Cyrus and Nell Cuneo, beautifully depicts this scene with remarkable attention to detail. Cuneo's artistic prowess shines through as he masterfully captures the essence of these railway workers' dedication and craftsmanship. Cuneo's talent extends beyond railway posters; his extensive training at Chelsea and Slade Art Schools is evident in his ability to create lifelike portraits, including those of royalty. Additionally, he excels in painting ceremonial and military subjects. As we delve into this artwork from NRM/Cuneo Fine Arts, we are transported into an era when steam locomotives were the backbone of transportation across Britain. This evocative piece serves as a tribute not only to the hardworking individuals who built these magnificent machines but also to British Railways itself. With its historical significance and artistic brilliance, this print is sure to captivate both railway enthusiasts and art lovers alike. It stands as a testament to the rich heritage of British railways while showcasing Terence Cuneo's exceptional talent for immortalizing significant moments in time through his brushstrokes or lens.

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