Going North - King's Cross

George Earl

Painting, oil on canvas, Going North, King's Cross by George Earl, about 1893. Depicts a busy platform scene at Kings Cross Station as a train of East Coast Joint Stock carriages is prepared for departure. One carriage has a destination board for Edinburgh and Perth "via the Forth Bridge", another for Aberdeen "via the Forth & Tay Bridges" and the third for Perth. There are groups of passengers and their servants, including a ghillie, Indian ayah, grooms and footmen. A soldier kisses his wife goodbye. There are about twenty hunting dogs, including spaniels, setters and pointers, and the luggage includes fishing tackle, golf clubs, guns and other sporting equipment. Station staff adjust the oil lamps, carry luggage and assist crowds of passengers. Beneath the curve of the train shed roof are advertisements for the Daily Telegraph and Van Houten's Cocoa, and Pears Soap featuring "Bubbles" by Millais. Signed in red on a suitcase "Geo. Earl". Handwritten note on the reverse of the painting records the donation of the painting by G H Stuart-Bunning to Sir Josiah Stamp of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway in 1930. Framed and glazed. frame: 1330 mm x 2125 mm x 140 mm


Pictorial Collection (Railway)
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oil on canvas, wood, gilt and perspex
frame: 1340 mm x 2125 mm x 150 mm,
painting and oil painting
British Rail, Clapham