Renowned painting damaged as railway museum sets up event

Waterloo Station: Painted by Terence Cuneo in 1967

Waterloo Station: Painted by Terence Cuneo in 1967

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A PAINTING of national importance - worth thousands of pounds - has been damaged in an accident at the National Railway Museum.

Embarrassed organisers were setting up for an evening event in the York museum's Station Hall when it is understood something ripped through the painting, Terence Cuneo’s famous depiction of Waterloo Station.

The painting, measuring 20ft by 10ft, is the largest one ever done by the renowned railway artist. Listed as part of the National Collection, it is described as “ incredibly important”.

It depicts the busy concourse of the London station and was commissioned by the Science Museum in 1967, where it was displayed for nearly 30 years before going to the National Railway Museum in York in 2007 for an exhibition marking the centenary of Cuneo’s birth.

A spokesman for the National Railway Museum said: "We can confirm there was an incident on the evening of Saturday June 28 involving Terence Cuneo’s Waterloo currently on display in Station Hall.

“ We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this accidental damage, which occurred during the set up for an evening event and have protected the painting while we assess the impact on this important artefact in the National Collection.”

The museum has called in conservators to see how bad the damage is, but it’s understood to be a rip in the canvas.

Waterloo Station is one of Terence Cuneo’s best known works, he was a particularly renowned artist after the war and was appointed as the official artist for the Queen’s coronation.

A bronze statue of him was erected at Waterloo Station in 2007. The painting features the artist himself, his wife and daughter, his assistant, various staff of the Science Museum, and even a couple of politicians including Harold Wilson being barked at by a bulldog.

A particular feature of many of his paintings, including Waterloo Station, was the inclusion of a tiny mouse and this became his trademark after 1956. They can be difficult to detect, in the Waterloo painting it’s perched on top of an advert for Johnnie Walker whisky.

Carole Cuneo, who helped set up the Terence Cuneo Memorial Trust following her father’s death in 1996 said it was upsetting that the painting had been damaged, but she was happy with the situation after staff at the museum confirmed that the damage was accidental and not vandalism.

The UK’s National Collection has nearly 200,000 paintings, including some of the greatest painters of the last 700 years, giving an insight into the history, landscape and culture of Britain.

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8:14pm Mon 30 Jun 14

greenfinger says...

**** happens
**** happens greenfinger
  • Score: 2

10:42am Tue 1 Jul 14

lfp says...

Ooops!
Ooops! lfp
  • Score: 7

11:21am Tue 1 Jul 14

asiot66 says...

"Painting? What painting? It wasn't me boss"
"Painting? What painting? It wasn't me boss" asiot66
  • Score: 3

11:27am Tue 1 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Wasn't this painting one of a pair? The other depicted exactly the same scene but thirty years earlier, during the Second World War.

Some terrible writing in this report. Describing the painting as "the largest ever done by the artist..." is weak - and that eighth paragraph should be two sentences, not one. As should the last sentence in paragraph ten. And what happened to subject and object in the final paragraph?
Wasn't this painting one of a pair? The other depicted exactly the same scene but thirty years earlier, during the Second World War. Some terrible writing in this report. Describing the painting as "the largest ever done by the artist..." is weak - and that eighth paragraph should be two sentences, not one. As should the last sentence in paragraph ten. And what happened to subject and object in the final paragraph? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 7

11:32am Tue 1 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Sorry, not "thirty years" - let's say "several".
Sorry, not "thirty years" - let's say "several". Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 1

2:49pm Tue 1 Jul 14

studio says...

Where are the 5 comments????????????
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Where are the 5 comments???????????? ? studio
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Tue 1 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Give someone a cabbage.............
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Give someone a cabbage............. . pedalling paul
  • Score: -10

3:56pm Tue 1 Jul 14

magicadey says...

hehe i performed at that event. wasnt me though :D
hehe i performed at that event. wasnt me though :D magicadey
  • Score: 1

12:49am Wed 2 Jul 14

RingoStarr says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Give someone a cabbage.............

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What...like yourself?
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Give someone a cabbage............. .[/p][/quote]What...like yourself? RingoStarr
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mooachew says...

is Mr Bean working there
is Mr Bean working there mooachew
  • Score: 1

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