Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image

Past event archive
20 July 2017, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by Robert Howlett
November 1857
NPG P112

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Rose Teanby discusses the origins, background and impact of Robert Howlett’s iconic portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by the launching chains of the SS Great Eastern.

Rose Teanby is a photographer specialising in portraiture and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Her portrait of shot putter and strongman Geoff Capes was  acquired by National Portrait Gallery in 2015. She is the biographer of Robert Howlett and has written articles on him for Photo Historian (spring 2016, No. 175) and Royal Photographic Society Journal (January 2017, Volume 157). She featured in the BBC4 documentary Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, speaking about Howlett’s portrait of Brunel and is currently leading a project to restore his grave.


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