This is the original cover painting for the historical novel by Alexander Cordell, a "saga of the men and women who pioneered the great age of railways" - titled, and clearly created for use as cover art, but the source of publication cannot be verified. Pether produced several cover paintings for Cordell novels published by Sphere in the 1980s - this very likely was one of them, and it's one of the few that's signed and dated - here, 1989. Painted in gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 11" x 15" and it also carries a label attesting to its authenticity signed by Pether's widow, mounted to the back.
Dave Pether: Tunnel Tigers
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