Coalbrookdale by Night

Coalbrookdale by Night is an 1801 oil painting by Philip James de Loutherbourg.[1]

Coalbrookdale by Night
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ArtistPhilip James de Loutherbourg
TypeOil painting
Dimensions68 cm × 107 cm (27 in × 42 in)
LocationScience Museum, London, United Kingdom

The painting depicts the Madeley Wood (or Bedlam) Furnaces, which belonged to the Coalbrookdale Company from 1776 to 1796. The picture has come to symbolize the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, England.[2] It is held in the collections of the Science Museum in London.

Loutherbourg undertook tours of England and Wales during 1786 and 1800, observing industrial activity at the time.[3] Coalbrookdale by Night provides a view of the Bedlam Furnaces in Madeley Dale, downstream along the River Severn from the town of Ironbridge itself.


  1. ^ "Philip Jacques de Loutherbourg, Coalbrookdale at Night (1801)". Occupational Medicine. Oxford Journals. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  2. ^ "The Early Revolution: Coalbrookdale by Night". Images of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Coalbrookdale by Night by Philip James de Loutherbourg". Art UK. UK. Retrieved 2 December 2015.