'Pontcysyllte Aqueduct', c 1880.
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A photographic view of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct over the River Dee, near Wrexham, North Wales, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The aqueduct was built by one of England's greatest civil engineers, Thomas Telford (1757-1834) who also built the Menai Suspension Bridge. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was asisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.