‘Mallard’, the world’s fastest steam engine passing through York Station. Brought out of mothballs and seen in 1988 when it took part in commemorations. Designed by Nigel Gresley , this loco holds the record for speed, on 3 July 1938, the A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126 mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record, that still stands today.
Commissions such as this were inspired by my days working as an artist at Coalport China. Sadly there is practically nothing left during the demise of the pottery industry, back in the late 1970’s, a change for the better it would seem, when the whole of Stoke-On Trent was spewing out carbon from the bottle ovens adding in the early days to climate change. Man will destroy the planet unless we decide to change, that change is in the air that we all breath.
Allington Pippin is a cross with a Cox’s Orange Pippin and a King of the Pippins, which give it that distinctive flavour.
The first in a line of nuclear powered submarines, HMS Trafalgar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Trafalgar_(S107) was decommissioned sometime ago, seen here going into Plymouth Sound, I entered this painting into a Navy Day’s exhibition some years ago and sold the painting as a result of the exhibition.
St Peter’s Church is situated in a small rural village close to my gallery, the painting was commissioned by a lovely couple who sometime ago got married in the church.
“Its main feature is the large 17th-century stone built country house, Maer Hall, built on a slope above a lake or “mere”, gave the house and estate its name. The Hall became the home of Josiah Wedgwood II and was frequently visited by his nephew Charles Darwin, who went on to marry Josiah’s daughter Emma at St. Peter’s Church, which stands higher on the hillside close to the Hall. When she was young Emma helped her older sister Elizabeth with the Sunday School, which was held in Maer Hall laundry, giving sixty village children their only formal training in reading, writing and religion. The grave of Josiah Wedgwood II and his wife Elizabeth in the churchyard, has a view down over the Hall”.
Oil on linen canvas panel 25.4 cm x 35.56 cm
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A pencil drawing of the Gladstone pottery which was owned by the Shelley family after it lay in dereliction.
First opened by the Shelley family in 1787, a pottery factory producing earthenware and out sourcing plates and dishes made by Josiah Wedgewood of Etruria, Stoke On Trent. The pottery closed in 1970 and was saved from demolition some ten years after it last fired its bottle ovens and finally opened as a working museum in 1974, in the 1990s ownership passed to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
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This is drawing number five of derelict listed Bottle Ovens where over 20,000 people lost their jobs.
Johnson Brothers pottery was one of the most successful Staffordshire potteries, importing many of their tableware products across the pond to the United States, doing so successfully for seven decades from the 1890s to the 1960s with the loss of 1000 jobs They finally ceased trading in 2003 and production was moved overseas to China and finally ceased in 2015.
The factory was demolished in 2004 and the two remaining Bottle Ovens where listed in 1987. Yet another sad demise of the Pottery Industry of Stoke On Trent.