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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel, by Robert Howlett, November 1857 - NPG P112 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Robert Howlett
albumen print, November 1857
11 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (286 mm x 225 mm)
Given by Mr and Mrs A. J. W. Vaughan, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG P112


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  • Robert Howlett (1830 or 1831-1858), Photographer. Artist associated with 8 portraits.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the son of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, earned early experience working on his father's Thames Tunnel. He went on to design suspension bridges, the Great Western Railway and railways in Italy, India and Australia. His greatest fame however came as a designer of ocean-going steamships including the Great Eastern, before whose massive chains he stands in this famous photograph. Little is known of the photographer Robert Howlett whom the Illustrated Times rightly called 'one of the most skilful photographers of the day'. He died less than a year after this picture was taken, poisoned, it was suggested, by his own photographic chemicals.

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  • NPG P662: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (variant)

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