'Suspension Bridge, over the Thames at Hammersmith', London, 1828.
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Steel engraving by T Higham after an original drawing by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1792-1864). Hammersmith Bridge was a chain suspension type, designed by William Tierney Clark (1783-1852) and built in 1825-1827. It was the first suspension bridge to be built acros the Thames. Clark designed a number of suspension bridges, the largest and best known being the one built acros the Danube at Budapest in 1849. His Hammersmith Bridge was replaced in 1887 by another suspension bridge, designed by civil engineer Joseph William Bazalgette (1819-1891).