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ISBN: 9781906690601
AUTHOR: Wrenford J Thatcher
The Railway Paintings of Wrenford J Thatcher - Caught on Canvas
The Railway Paintings of Wrenford J Thatcher - Caught on Canvas
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Here, in over 100 superb paintings, Wren Thatcher has literally Caught on Canvas the last days of the Age of Steam. His inherited knowledge and passion for the subject (both his grandfathers were engine drivers), is revealed in every picture, from the classic image of ‘The Princess Royal’ climbing Shap Bank in snow to the workaday 7F hauling coal trucks on the Somerset & Dorset line.

Every locomotive appears to be alive as though the artist’s brushes were primed not with paint, but with steam and smoke.

And here too, in a welcome departure from traditional railway paintings, the artist has recreated panoramic scenes at some of the most famous of our railways stations, capturing the realism of smoke-blackened brick and stone; paintings in which we hear the echoes of slamming of carriage doors, the cries of porters – images in which the everyday clamour of a busy terminus is captured ‘warts and all’.

Filled with stories of the artist’s own railway memories and with detailed descriptions of locomotives and scenes he paints, The Railway Paintings of Wrenford J.Thatcher breathes fresh life into the genre of railway paintings. It is a book that will delight and entertain all fellow enthusiasts.

Wrenford John Thatcher was born in Hertford England in 1944. Both his grandfathers were engine drivers, working on the former GER then LNER and finally for BR. As a consequence a very happy childhood was spent on the footplate especially with grandfather Ernest Henry Thatcher who was based in Bishops Stortford.

From the war years onwards Wrenford lived in Hatfield and spent most of his spare time at the lineside sketching trains, until he was able to buy a box brownie camera which was used to amass a considerable number of photographs.

Educated at St Albans Grammar School he won a number of awards for art, and his art teacher was furious when he elected to study mathematics and physics at University. Graduating with a BSc from London in 1963, and later with an MSc and PhD from Aston in Birmingham resulted in employment as an Isaac Wolfson fellow at Liverpool University followed by a lectureship at St Andrews University in Scotland. Wrenford left university for industry in 1975 and was subsequently employed in the USA and UK inventing instruments and materials related to the micro electronics industries.

Imprint:Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 60 1, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2015.
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The distinguished marine painter Francis Smitheman has spent some thirty years passionately depicting the Age of Sail. Virtually every work featured has a fascinating story behind it and this is recounted in the text. But the pictures also speak directly to the observer since they are about war and peace, calm and storm, disaster and triumph, thus showing us the sailing ship in all its aspects.
David Weston's EnglandDavid Weston's England - £29.99
David Weston’s paintings capture the essence of the English landscape. Few other artists appeal so directly to those of us who have a sentimental yearning for the kind of scenery that is fast disappearing – taken over by modernity and urban sprawl. Here are displayed over 120 of his finest paintings providing a complete range of this versatile painter’s work.
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This book follows on from the success of David Weston’s England and presents to the reader a wider range of paintings from this versatile artist, including pictures from England, Ireland, Scotland,Wales, France, Belgium, Italy, Scandinavia and Greece.
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Letting Off Steam is a celebration of David Weston’s atmospheric paintings of the era and of the locomotives that have inspired his work. Treasured by all who share the artist’s passion for railways, the book will be enjoyed also for its insight into the life and work of this remarkable artist.
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Malcolm Root's Transport PaintingsMalcolm Root's Transport Paintings - £19.99
A book that will be picked up again and again to enjoy these memory-evoking works so lovingly created by Malcolm Root with text by Tom Tyler. Where superb art meets pure nostalgia for towns, countryside and transport as they once were.
Web Price: £24.99
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