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Only Connect - Felix Mendelssohn <> Isambard Brunel

How are these sitters connected?

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

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by John Callcott Horsley
1857
NPG 979

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

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