The Opening of the Saltash Bridge

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Oil on canvas, 1859.

The Saltash Bridge was Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s last work. This painting shows HMS Vivid steaming beneath it, with His Royal Highness Prince Albert on board. On the opening day, 2 May 1859, Brunel was so ill he was drawn slowly across the bridge on a specially prepared platform truck.

Image height 291mm

Image width 496mm

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