Painting the Industrial RevolutionThis documentary places Turner and some of the paintings he produced firmly in the context of the changes in science and industry in 19th century Britain. This was the age of steam - when ships with engines replaced those with sails and when railway engines began to cross the land.
It was a really momentous time - and Turner recorded some of the changes in paint. He painted machines, science, technology and industry. In turn, painting some of these subjects also helped change the way that Turner painted
The film considers nine of Turner's paintings and considers what was happening in industrial history at the time.
|Rain, Steam, and Speed - The Great Western Railway|
Location: Maidenhead Railway Bridge looking east,
across the River Thames between Taplow and Maidenhead
The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1838.
Exhibited: Royal Academy in 1844
Collection: National Gallery
Here's the beginning of the film on Vimeo
The Genius of Turner from Fresh One on Vimeo.
If you're not able to view iPlayer I also found the documentary at various places online. I'm not sure how legit they are but for what it's worth here are the links (which I've not checked for content or quality)
- Daily Motion | The Genius of Turner: Painting The Industrial Revolution (59 minutes)
This is a review by The Guardian - The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution - review.