Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English engineer, c 1850s.
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Engraving by D J Pound from a photograph by Mayall. Brunel left school in 1822 to work for his father Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) on the construction of the Thames Tunnel. He later became the chief engineer of the Great Western Railway 1833-1858 and designed many bridges & viaducts including the Royal Albert Bridge, Cornwall, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol. In 1835 he had the idea of extending the GWR line westwards by means of a steamship route acros the Atlantic from Bristol to New York. To this end he designed the 'Great Western', the 'Great Britain' & the 'Great Eastern' steamships. Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 12 inches.