Speed in grey

Oil on canvas 41 x 51 cm

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A Chapelon-modified Pacific of the Paris-Orleans Railway (PO) speeds south with an express. The locomotive is in the ‘artillery grey’ livery of the PO. This is one of the second series of rebuilds by André Chapelon of the original PO Pacifics, which were the most powerful of their type in France, distinguishable by their sloping footplate front and large sand domes. This painting won the Prix Schefer in Paris in 2004.