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Lecture: Brunel and Stephenson, a Portrait of Iron Fellowship / London, NPG, 4 July 2019

Photo historian Rose Teanby discusses how engineering giants Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson have been represented in visual media, both photography and art. How does their visual legacy reflect both individual achievement and resilient professional friendship throughout their eventful but prematurely curtailed lives?

Rose Teanby is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and biographer of Victorian photographer Robert Howlett. In 2017 she presented a lunchtime lecture looking at the iconic portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by the launching chains of the SS Great Eastern. Last year Rose completed a tour in support of the Institution of Civil Engineers entitled Brunel Through a Lens, followed by a presentation at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle upon Tyne. Here she broadened her study to include Robert Stephenson and his civil engineering relationship with Brunel.

National Portrait Gallery, London
4 July 2019. Doors open at 12.45.
Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

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Image: Robert Stevenson, by Horace Harral, after a photograph by Robert Howlett, wood engraving, 1858. NPG D6865

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