Traveling in style. The Travelling Companions (1862) by

Traveling in style. The Travelling Companions (1862) by

3/18/2021, 8:59:40 PM
Traveling in style. The Travelling Companions (1862) by Augustus Leopold Egg (1816-1863) shows two identically-dressed women traveling first class. Seated in a first-class railway carriage, these two women look like mirror images of each other, except that one is napping and the other is reading. They may be sisters or they may represent two different female traits. They have no interest in the beautiful view in the background, suggesting that they are on a long trip, which is quite likely given the limited speed of trains back in that day. The scene in the background shows the French Riviera, specifically the coastline of Menton. And the moving tassel at the window shows that the train is in motion. They are dressed in elaborate gray dresses, with their hats identically placed on their laps. The smooth application of the paint and the structure provide by the carriage and its three windows give this work a unique feel. Railways were a pretty new phenomenon in the 1860, and the artist frequently traveled with them from his native England to the south of France (and particularly Menton where a well-known health resort was) to get some relief from his asthma. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Travel #Traveling #Travelling #Companions #AugustusLeopoldEgg #Egg #AugustusEgg #Birmingham #Museum #France #FrenchRiviera #Riviera #Train

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