Isambard’s Descent in the Diving Bell

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's autograph drawing showing his descent in a diving bell to inspect damage to the shield of the Thames Tunnel after the flood of May 1827, signed and dated ('I.K. Brunel / 1827'), showing the bell suspended from a boat crewed by some 20 men, with two figures within the bell, one seated within, the other half out of the bell in order to inspect the damage, secured by rope to his companion.

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Isambard’s Descent in the Diving Bell




pen & ink on wove paper


H 19 x W 21.7 cm

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purchased at Bonhams with grants from NHMF, Art Fund, Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, Friends National Libraries and Trinity Buoy Wharf

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