'Clifton, Suspension Bridge and St. Vincent's Rocks', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning the Avon Gorge, published by Francis Bedford & Co. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), the building of the bridge began in the 1830s and the towers were completed by 1843. Running short of funds, Brunel sadly died before the bridge was finished but his death inspired its completion, in 1864, as a memorial. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. He was asisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.