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Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

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Brunel was one of the principal engineers and inventors of the Regency period. Born in France, he fled the French Revolution in 1793, going to America before arriving in England in 1799. A prolific inventor, Brunel devised power-driven machines for sawing timber, knitting stockings and mass-producing ships' rigging blocks. He improved the docks at Chatham and Liverpool before taking on his most important and difficult project, the Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping (1825–1843), the first tunnel ever built under a navigable river.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1812–1813, dated 1813

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 125.1 x W 99.1 cm

Accession number

978

Acquisition method

Given by the sitter's grandson, Henry Marc Brunel, 1895

Work type

Painting


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