Ferrocarril: A Treasure From The Golden Age Of Rail

Oil Painting of the train station, ferrocarril, in La Plata, Argentina

Ferrocarril 24” x 30” Oil on Wood Panel Date of creation: January 2015 Original, handcrafted artwork By W. Hudson Temples

Recently, this painting found a permanent home. Here is some background information about it.

In La Plata, the capital city of the province, Buenos Aires, located in Argentina, one of my favorite buildings is Estacion Del Ferrocarril. The building is another example of La Plata’s grand train stations from the country’s Belle Époque. It replaced the original train station, Pasaje Dardo Rocha, which was damaged by fire at the end of the 19th century and was restored as a cultural center (on occasion, I have danced tango there).

Estacion Del Ferrocarril was built in 1906, in a collaborative effort by United States architect, Louis Newberry Thomas and British architect, Paul Bell Chambers. Blending classical elements with Art Nouveau, the railway station is a splendid example of machine age high-design, and although some of the ornament has been removed, much of it endures. The dome is adorned with maiolica, an Italian tin-glazed pottery, and decorative ironwork by Andrew Handyside of Britannia Iron Works in Derby, England can be observed throughout the roof of the depot. Inside, the corridors are crowned with sculptural tablature.

Locals had warned me that the neighborhood around Ferrocarril was not safe so I abandoned my hope of sketching on site. Instead I wandered through the building to get a feel for the character of the place, and I took a few photos. The material was enough to inspire the painting, Ferrocarril, and I completed the work in the studio.


View of the dome.


decorative ironwork by Andrew Handyside


Inside Estacion Del Ferrocarril


Street view of Estacion Del Ferrocarril


Beautiful interior elements of Estacion Del Ferrocarril


A musician plays violin iside Estacion Del Ferrocarril


view of the depot

About W. Hudson Temples

American artist, William Hudson Temples, grew up drawing pictures and cartoons. His early inspirations were Maurice Sendak, Charles Schultz, and Shel Silverstein. In 1987, he began formal art training at the Savannah College of Art and Design and in 1991 was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in illustration. Temples also holds a Master's Degree in Health Science from the University of North Carolina. Temples has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. His comic strip, Dumbbells, was published across North America in the Canadian Magazine, Razor. Currently, Temples is occupied in the field of education and fine art. He divides his time between North and South America, and much of his artwork reflects the cultural influences of his wife's native country, Argentina. With collectors in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Temples' visual art has attracted a global audience.
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1 Response to Ferrocarril: A Treasure From The Golden Age Of Rail

  1. Debbie Warren says:

    Love having the background on this beautiful work. Love, even better being its permanent home!

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