Conference of Engineers at the Menai Straits Preparatory to Floating one of the Tubes of the Britannia Bridge

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Conference of Engineers at the Menai Straits Preparatory to Floating one of the Tubes of the Britannia Bridge, by James Scott, after  John Lucas, published 1868 - NPG D10713 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Conference of Engineers at the Menai Straits Preparatory to Floating one of the Tubes of the Britannia Bridge

by James Scott, after John Lucas
mezzotint, published 1868
Reference Collection
NPG D10713


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  • John Lucas (1807-1874), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 32 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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An engraving after John Lucas' group portrait commissioned by the Institute of Civil Engineers, circa 1851-1853, to commemorate the building of the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Straits. The bridge, which formed a link from Chester to Holyhead and thus the Irish crossing, was one of the greatest achievements of Robert Stephenson, shown seated in the centre of the composition. In order to cover the span of the Straits, Stephenson devised a construction of massive wrought iron tubes, supported on mansonry piers.

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