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In the field of railway art and heritage railways, John Clay's paintings are highly prized and appreciated. As a youngster, the family took the Model Railway News, and a feature of this publication in the late 1950s and 1960s was that the cover illustration tended to be paintings and the author was particularly impressed by those of George Heiron which were extremely realistic. Now one of the best known transport artists in the UK, Clay has produced over 1,100 paintings and drawings, of which over 730 of his well-known and widely acclaimed Locomotive Portraits have been exhibited worldwide. Railway art has existed as long as there has been railways and many famous names have included trains in their paintings, notably Monet and Turner. This tradition has been kept alive by the formation of the Guild of Railway Artists which now consists of over 200 artists including Clay. His chapters include An Autobiography, How to Paint a Locomotive Portrait and the portraits themselves, here produced on glossy white paper in full page colour, with extended explanatory captions. There are examples from Indian railways, the LMS Jinty Class, LNER, Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, North Brabant Railway Beyer, Peacock, the spectacular green and black LNER Cock O'The North and the grey, gleaming Joffre from the West Lancashire Light Railway, a modern blue Pullman diesel, a London Tube 1938 and a vintage tramway George England O-4-0WT No.5 (Jane/Shannon). 171 pages 10" x 9½", a glorious colour gallery of the famous Locomotive Portraits series.
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