M6924.39 | Conway Tubular Bridge, with preparations for raising of second tube

 
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Conway Tubular Bridge, with preparations for raising of second tube
George Hawkins
1848-1849, 19th century
Coloured ink on card
54.8 x 37.1 cm
Gift of Mrs. Phillip Mackenzie
M6924.39
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , bridge (558) , Print (10661)
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Keys to History

This print shows the tubular metal structure of the Conway Bridge in Wales, as well as the "Holyhead" pier at one end of the bridge. Next to the pier, on a bank of the Conway River, we can see the outlines of a castle, which are echoed somewhat by the shape of the pier.

The tubular bridge was invented by Robert Stephenson. It consisted of a tube resting on piers and extending from one bank of the river to the other. In this print, which shows the bridge undergoing construction, a second tube is being built parallel to the first.