Famous Cuneo Painting Comes To National Railway Museum

By 24 Hour Museum | 21 September 2007
a painting depicting a bustling railway station


Above: Terence Cuneo, Waterloo Station. © Science Museum

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York is celebrating after securing the loan of a famous painting by railway artist Terence Cuneo.

Waterloo, the artist’s largest painting, is set to be the focal point of an exciting new exhibition opening at the NRM in October 2007 celebrating Cuneo’s work.

The painting depicts the bustling concourse of Waterloo Station in the 1960s and will be accessible to the public for the first time since 1996, the year Cuneo died. It will also be the first time the gigantic 6 by 9-metre (20ft by 10ft) canvas has been shown outside of London.

Commissioned by the Science Museum in 1967 the painting was displayed for nearly 30 years in the Land Transport Gallery before being put into storage in Wroughton, Wiltshire for 11 years.

“Although Cuneo was the official artist at the 1953 Coronation and a professional painter to both royalty and the military, it is his longstanding fascination with railways for which he is renowned,” said Russell Holloway, projects developer at the NRM.

“It seemed only fitting that one of his best known railway works is set to be displayed at the home of railway, the National Railway Museum.”

The exhibition will mark the 2007 centenary of Cuneo’s birth and consists of nine panels describing the life and work of the artist, including a focus on Waterloo. It will open at the NRM on October 20 2007 and run until April 30 2008.

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