First Previous 5 OF 10 NextLast

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

5 of 10 portraits of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, by Unknown photographer, circa 1845 - NPG P578 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by Unknown photographer
daguerreotype, circa 1845
3 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (95 mm x 70 mm)
Purchased, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG P578


Click on the links below to find out more:

Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

This portraitback to top

Brunel, a Frenchman, escaped in disguise during the French Revolution and went to America. He embarked upon a very successful engineering career in New York but could not forget a young English girl whom he had once met and in 1799 came to England to marry her. He remained in England where he improved the docks at Chatham and Liverpool before taking on his most important and difficult task, the Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping, constructed 1825--43 with the help of his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This is probably the only photograph of the sitter and, as a daguerreotype, is a unique image.

Linked publicationsback to top

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.