Friday, January 14, 2022

The Hunting Train to Scotland

George Earl is famous for his paintings of sporting events and animals, particularly dogs. The picture shown above (click to enlarge) is entitled "Going North, Kings Cross Station," and was done in 1893.  It shows a shooting party waiting for the 10 am train to Scotland. The scene takes place in the East Hall of Kings Cross Station, and the travelers are upper class passengers and servants with hunting and sporting equipment, including dogs.

"Going South, Perth Station," was painted in 1895, and shows the same party returning home via the Perth railroad station, complete with pelts, grouse, and even a set of antlers. Look carefully, and you will see some of the same people (and perhaps dogs) in both paintings.

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