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Steel Works, Cardiff at Night

WALDEN, Lionel (1862 - 1933)

[image: Steel Works, Cardiff at Night]

Date: 1893-97

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 150.8 x 200.4 cm

Acquired: 1920; Gift; Lionel Walden

Accession Number: NMW A 2245

Walden was born in Connecticut and studied in Paris, where he received a medal at the 1903 Salon. He exhibited at the Cardiff Fine Art Society in 1893 and was living near Falmouth in 1897. This painting of 1893-97 is based upon a small oil sketch, also in the collection. It is one of several large industrial and maritime views of Cardiff by the artist. His slightly smaller Les docks de Cardiff was purchased from the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1896 and is now in the Mus?e d'Orsay in Paris.

This work is currently on display.

4 comments

Gary LEBOURGOCQ September 2013 Lycée de la Côte d'Albâtre St Valery en Caux on 19 September 2013, 22:31

This painting is a true representation of the industrialization of South-East
Wales at the end of the 19th Century; there are many symbols of the age ; I think that the idea of progress is well conveyed !

Peter James on 2 May 2013, 12:16

Very evocative painting...but the work was hot hard and backbreaking, accidents, (and there were many) were, if not fatal, certainly the end of many a man's working life. If it is possible to romanticise steel making, then Lionel Walden has surely done it, and moreover, left a legacy of the kind of steel works no longer to be found, certainly in the United Kingdom.

Terence Jones on 23 August 2012, 13:41

The picture I really like is the one Cardiff Docks.
That picture shows the docks in their heyday of activity and remember at the time Cardiff was the biggest exporter of coal in the world.
I do like this picture as well
It has great realism of that period

Kristian Dando on 14 June 2012, 13:07

I love this painting - you can practically smell the smoke and damp and hear the train and the noise from the steelworks.

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