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Opening of the Stockton Darlington Railway : Watercolour

This is a watercolour painting of the Stockton & Darlington Railway launch.  It was painted by John Dobbin many years after the event, by memory.

Try having a go at the activity

This was a time in history when everyone gathered together and was very excited.

Think back to a time when you gathered with family and friends, maybe to celebrate a birthday or a special occasion. Who was there? What did you wear? Were there decorations?

Can you draw or paint a picture of this gathering from memory?

You could also have a look at a picture for 30 seconds, turn it over and draw what you can remember.

What differences and similarities are there between your picture and the original?