An Odyssey in Steam

'Rocket' to 'Evening Star'

David C. Bell



ISBN: 9781846892523


CATEGORY: Gifts, Humour and Art

BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 104 pages

An Odyssey in Steam is renowned artist David Bell’s fifth book which features his beautiful and complex paintings of steam engines and locomotives with captivating technical accuracy. It is a unique look at the railways during the age of steam featuring many of the engines currently at The National Railway Museum in York including the Rocket; the Flying Scotsman; the Evening Star; the Duke of Gloucester and the Mallard.

This book is a eulogy that captures the skills, sounds and smells of the great days of steam travel and one which will be coveted by rail enthusiasts, modellers and artists alike; a beautiful and evocative collection of drawings and paintings from the end of steam on our railways in the late sixties to the many well established heritage centres of today.
Representing David’s personal recollections and time with steam engines, stations, sheds and railways past and present, it links factual text with atmospheric yet accurate portrayals of some of the many locomotives that once were alive and seen every day and is an aesthetically stunning combination of words and pictures.

Meet the author David C. Bell

David Bell paints many subjects, including railways, architecture and aviation but he is primarily known as a marine artist, most notably for the Sir Walter Raleigh painting for H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Humber Heritage, now in the collection of H.M. The Queen.

David has worked in the Falklands for the Armed Forces producing a number of commemorative paintings. He has also written and illustrated a book Britain’s Maritime History, each picture individually painted. His second book A Coastal Passage was another finely illustrated collection of paintings and drawings of England’s maritime coast.

He manages to combine great technical skill with imagination and vision to produce paintings of lasting value. His style is evocative and atmospheric, of both past and present scenes. His work has been exhibited throughout Britain and is in collections all over the world.