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Going North

1875

Painting, oil on canvas by George Earl.  Features figures with dogs on a station platform, with other figures in a railway carriage beyond. Signed and dated.

The painting came into the collection of the town in 1922 when a local resident Alexander Young offered the painting to the Library Committee.

Today ‘Going North’ is regarded as his greatest composition. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1876.

In Victorian Britain the different social classes rarely mixed but railway stations were one of the few exceptions to this rule.

Going North’ tells the story of a group wealthy travellers departing from Kings Cross Station for Scotland and the start of the grouse shooting season (the ‘Glorious 12th’).

It reveals much of the minutiae of Victorian station life and also includes Earl’s trademark sporting interests in the form of dogs and grouse.

On the platform we see a throng of rich and fashionable people en route to Scotland for a month of sporting house parties.