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Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image / NPG, London / 20 July

Photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Rose Teanby discusses the origins, background and impact of Robert Howlett’s iconic portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by the launching chains of the SS Great Eastern.

Rose Teanby is a photographer specialising in portraiture and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Her portrait of shot putter and strongman Geoff Capes was  acquired by National Portrait Gallery in 2015. She is the biographer of Robert Howlett and has written articles on him for Photo Historian (spring 2016, No. 175) and Royal Photographic Society Journal (January 2017, Volume 157). She featured in the BBC4 documentary Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, speaking about Howlett’s portrait of Brunel and is currently leading a project to restore his grave.

Public booking will open on Friday, 12 May 2017

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Comment by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2017 at 13:46

Yes, the total was reached and the physical restoration is taking place in August. There will be a re-dedication in October. See: All welcome but do book in advance.

Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on May 15, 2017 at 11:28

How did the call for funding for renovation of Robert Howlett Grave go? Amount was reached wasn't it? Are we able to see image of renovated grave?

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