The British Machine guides the viewer through industrial sites in Wales, England, and Scotland—from mines, quarries, and chemical factories, to steel mills, factories, and futuristic electrified cityscapes—and demonstrates, as a 1920s news release affirmed, “the poetry of iron and steel.” Hoppé challenged the idea that “with the coming of the machine age beauty has departed from the world,” and instead embraced the aesthetics of industrial architecture. “It will remain,” he wrote, “for later generations to see in proper perspective the glorious combination of art and service for which this present age maybe so justly praised.”

Exhibitions viewPublications LinkPress View

Durham, 1935

Durham, 1935

Merseyside, 1928

Newcastle on Tyne, 1925

Derbyshire, 1925

Lancashire, 1925

Sheffield, Yorkshire, 1925

Gasometer, London, 1929

London, 1933

Billingham, 1928

Tyneside, 1928

London, 1931

London, 1934

London, 1931

London, c.1933

London, c.1933

Jam Factory, 1928

Norwich, 1928

Stream Engines, 1936

Stream Engines, 1936