M6924.35 | Cast iron arches originally proposed for the Britannia Bridge

 
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Cast iron arches originally proposed for the Britannia Bridge
Anonyme - Anonymous
1849, 19th century
Ink on card - Lithography
37.2 x 54.8 cm
Gift from Mrs. Phillip Mackenzie
M6924.35
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

This print shows a design sketch for the Britannia Bridge, which proposes an arch bridge made out of cast iron. When it was built, however, the bridge was given a tubular structure. In other words, it consisted of a tube through which trains could run.

The Britannia was built in Wales at a time of much experimentation in bridge building. Numerous engineers rushed forth to defend their respective theories. The British engineer Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), who designed this famous bridge, was one of the key innovators as well as the inventor of the tubular bridge.