The Industrial Winter

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"This watercolour was partly sketched out on site and later worked from a photograph once I had decided the size. The subject is the Rochdale Canal on the Yorkshire Lancashire border. The story of the work spells out the decline of the industrial powerhouse that was created in this area during the Industrial Revolution; the first steam trains ran here, George Stevenson helped in the planning and construction of tunnels and bridges. The canal was a major part of the industrial powerhouse and the turnpike roads were the first highways to cross into each county.

I always work from titles which pop into my head, then I go in search of the subject, choosing the weather and the conditions to develop my idea. The title chose the season and the known location gave me a close area to find what I was looking for." 

Geoff Butterworth
Pure watercolour
65 x 94 cm

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This work was exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) Annual Exhibition. Discover more about the RI and its history or find out more about artists opportunities for future RI exhibitions

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