Only Connect - Isambard Brunel <> Felix Mendelssohn

How are these sitters connected?


Isambard Kingdom Brunel, by John Callcott Horsley, 1857 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by John Callcott Horsley
1857
NPG 979

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, by Conrad Cook, published by  William Mackenzie, after  Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, mid 19th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
by Conrad Cook, published by William Mackenzie, after Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
mid 19th century
NPG D5248

The connection
The engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel showed Felix Mendelssohn the workings of the Thames Tunnel at Wapping.

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NPG 4983 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isambard Brunel <> Samuel Cartwright


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