M6924.15 | Isometrical projection of a portion of one of the tubes of the Britannia Bridge

 
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Isometrical projection of a portion of one of the tubes of the Britannia Bridge
Matthew Forster
1849-1850, 19th century
Ink on card
54.4 x 37 cm
Gift of Mrs. Phillip Mackenzie
M6924.15
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Print (10661)
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In the mid-19th century, the British engineer Robert Stephenson conceived of a bridge with a tubular framework. One of his first bridges was the Britannia, which spanned the Menai Straits in Wales. This bridge was equipped with two tubes through which trains passed.

This plan illustrates a section of one of the tubes on the Britannia bridge, still in the process of construction. Note that several workmen are busy inside the tube.