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Steam locomotives gripped the imagination when they first appeared in nineteenth-century Europe and America. Aboard these great machines, passengers travelled at faster speeds than ever before. This work captures both the fear and excitement of early train travel as it probes the artistic response to steam locomotion within its social setting.
Ian Kennedy is Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Curator, European Painting and Sculpture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Julian Treuherz was formerly Keeper of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool. Matthew Beaumont is Lecturer in 19th-Century English and American Literature at University College London. Michael Freeman is Supernumerary Fellow and Lecturer in Human Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford University.