Robert Stephenson, mechanical and structural engineer, c 1850-1859.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Photographs printed from negatives loaned by Count Ostorog of Robert Stephenson (1803-1859). The son of George Stephenson (1781-1848), whom he asisted with the survey of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, Robert attained independent fame with his designs for, among others, the Britannia Tubular Bridge and the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick, both constructed in 1850. He was an MP for many years from 1847 and was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.