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Isambard Kingdom Brunel sketch: side elevations and plan of a ship, probably the SS Great Britain, c1842-1843

Isambard Kingdom Brunel sketch: side elevations and plan of a ship, probably the SS Great Britain, c1842-1843


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Isambard Kingdom Brunel sketch: side elevations and plan of a ship, probably the SS Great Britain, c1842-1843

Pencil sketch by IK Brunel showing the side elevations of ship with funnels, screw propeller, and three masts. Also plan of deck, and calculations. This is probably the SS Great Britain.
Image used by Courtesy of the Brunel Institute - a collaboration of the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol

Media ID 24287246

© University of Bristol / SS Great Britain Trust

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This print showcases a remarkable pencil sketch by the legendary Isambard Kingdom Brunel, depicting the side elevations and plan of what is believed to be the iconic SS Great Britain. Created around 1842-1843, this intricate drawing offers a glimpse into Brunel's visionary mind and his groundbreaking designs for steamships during the Victorian era. The sketch reveals an array of fascinating details, including towering funnels, a screw propeller, and three majestic masts that would have graced the ship's deck. Alongside these visual elements, Brunel meticulously included calculations that highlight his meticulous approach to engineering. As one gazes upon this historic image, it becomes evident why Brunel is revered as one of history's greatest engineers. His innovative ideas revolutionized maritime transportation and propelled Britain into a new era of industrial progress. Thanks to the collaboration between the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol's esteemed Brunel Institute, we are fortunate enough to have access to this invaluable piece of history. It serves as a testament not only to Brunel's genius but also to our collective fascination with Victorian ingenuity. This print allows us to appreciate both the artistic beauty inherent in Brunel's sketches and their immense historical significance. It invites us on a journey back in time when grand steamships like SS Great Britain ruled the seas and reminds us of humanity's enduring quest for progress through innovation.

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