Steam tug pulling a coal barge

London in the 50s, Battersea Power Station, a steam tug pulling a coal barge.

About a steam tug pulling a coal barge

For me, this painting evokes that very unique feel of London first thing in the morning.

This painting was created sometime before 2008 and is based on an image my dad found in a newspaper cutting. Steam tug pulling a coal barge is executed in acrylic on plywood.

Battersea Power Station was a coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It is one of the largest brick buildings in the world and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor.

Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design. This gives it the recognisable four-chimney layout. Battersea Power Station’s celebrity owes a lot to pop culture references. For example, the cover art of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album “Animals” and  the 1965 Beatles’ film “Help!”

Battersea Power Station forms the backdrop for a painting which focuses on the coal barge pulled by a steam tug passing in front of it.

This painting is signed in the bottom right-hand corner in my father’s usual style.

Full view of a steam tug pulling a coal barge

London in the 40s, Battersea Power Station, steam tug pulling a coal barge



One thought on “Steam tug pulling a coal barge

  1. I like this painting by my friend John Wooster Brown. It brings back distant memories of barges on the river Thames when I was a child. I used to stay with my Grannie and Grandad Bowes who lived in Richmond and my gran sometimes took me to work with her on the river boats that traveled the Thames carrying visitors to London touring the river by small ferries and having tea on the Thames made by my gran. Also Battersea Power Station is a small part of my families legacy as my Uncle Gerald Midmer was one of the draughtsman who drew up the plans for it and I used to enjoy walks along the banks of the river. When my father was young he used to swim across the river Thames some parts of which were a mile wide! So when I look at this painting, it stirs up a lot of emotions inside of me!

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