'Saltash Bridge Under Construction', 1858.
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Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of Saltash Bridge across the River Tamar in Cornwall. The railway bridge was the last major work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Formally named 'Royal Albert Bridge', it was opened by Prince Albert on 3 May 1859. This photograph shows Saltash Bridge under construction. The bridge was the last major work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Roger Fenton was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s. He is best known as one of the first war photographers, from his work in the Crimea in 1855. However, he also took many highly-regarded photographs of the Royal Family and the collections of the British Museum as well as many superb landscapes, architectural studies and still lifes.