Sir Marc Isambard Brunel
- Extended Catalogue Entry
Sir Marc Isambard Brunel
by Samuel Drummond
oil on canvas, circa 1835
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
Artistback to top
- Samuel Drummond (1765-1844), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 58 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
On the table are some of Brunel's inventions; a miner's safety lamp, a cotton-winding machine and a model of a lighthouse. The background view of the Thames Tunnel is based on a painting by Thomas Bury.
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- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 108 Read entry
I. K. Brunel's French father, Marc, was a brilliant engineer who built the world's first tunnel through soft ground under a river. Despite Marc Brunel's invention of the tunnelling shield, to protect men whilst working, the building of the Thames Tunnel was beset by problems and deaths, taking from 1825 to 1842 to complete. His son took over as chief engineer on the project, aged only twenty-one.
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 109
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 155
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 84
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Events of 1835back to top
Current affairsLord Melbourne, Whig, becomes Prime Minister following Peel's resignation. Melbourne's government took steps to suppress trade union activity, introducing legislation against 'illegal oaths', contributing to the failure of Robert Owen's Grand National Consolidated Trades' Union.
Art and scienceFelix Dujardin, the French biologist, reveals protoplasm.
Work on the enlargement and remodelling of Buckingham House to designs by the architect John Nash is completed, creating Buckingham Palace.
InternationalJuan Manuel de Rosas becomes dictator of Argentina, invoking a seventeen year rule dominated by terror. A powerful cattle rancher, he represents the rise of the estancieros, the new landed oligarchy based on commercial ranching.
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