Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks
Krakatoa sunsets. Artwork of the spectacular red and orange sunsets caused in London, England, by the August 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano thousands of kilometres away in Indonesia. The ash thrown up by the eruption caused sunsets like these for years afterwards. These three artworks are a sequence, showing twilight and afterglow effects at Chelsea, London, on 26 November 1883, at around: 4.40pm (top); 5pm (middle); and 6.15pm (bottom). These are among the thousands of sunset sketches made by the British artist William Ashcroft. Krakatoa's eruption prompted many reports and investigations. These artworks formed the frontispiece for The Report of the Krakatoa Committee of the Royal Society (1888).
© ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Tinsley cooling towers, Sheffield
Tinsley cooling towers being demolished. These towers were built in 1938 as part of the Blackburn Meadows power station and stood over 75 metres tall. The power station was closed down in 1970, but the towers were left standing as they were very close to a busy road bridge. The towers were finally demolished on 24th August 2008. Photographed in Sheffield, UK.
© MARK SYKES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The Fighting Temeraire, 1839 (oil on canvas)
BAL444 The Fighting Temeraire, 1839 (oil on canvas) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851); 90.8x121.9 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken up; The 98-gun ship 'Temeraire' played a distinguished role in Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, after which she was known as the 'Fighting Temeraire'; the ship remained in service until 1838 when she was decommissioned and towed from Sheerness to Rotherhithe to be broken up;); English, out of copyright
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