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Isambard Kingdom Brunel at Millwall, leaning against a Chain Drum - Robert Howlett - Framed art Print

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Type: Print On Demand Image

Collections: Classic Photography,  Figurative,  Hats,  Historic,  Photographic Styles,  Photography,  Portraits & Faces,  


  • Framed Classic Photography art print (50 x 38 cm) by Robert Howlett.
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  • Framed Size is 50 x 38 cm.
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About this artwork

Robert Howlett, an innovative British photographer from the early 1800's, was given a task by the Illustrated Times to create the famous photo of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel was a major player in the engineering world. The picture was taken with Brunel casually leaning on a chain drum during the initial try to launch the SS Great Eastern. This was a massive iron steamship that Brunel had created to transport people from England to Australia.



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About the artist

Born in 1831 and passing away in 1858, Robert Howlett was a groundbreaking British photographer whose pieces are prominently displayed in key galleries. He created portraits of Crimean War champions, assorted scenes, and landscapes. Among his well-known works is the esteemed photo of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, commissioned by the London-based Illustrated Times to chronicle the crafting of the world's largest steamship, the SS Great Eastern.

Howlett was among the early photographers who managed to turn the nascent medium into a thriving profession. Prior to the 1850s, photography was largely a hobby, often pursued by individuals from scientific or artistic backgrounds. Howlett brought his work into the public eye through exhibitions and began showcasing his pieces at London's Photographic Society in 1856.

He also innovated in the field by creating and selling portable darkroom tents. In 1856, he authored a guide titled "On the Various Methods of Printing Photographic Pictures upon Paper, with Suggestions for Their Preservation". After 1855, he teamed up with Joseph Cundall to open a professional photography studio in London. His life was tragically cut short at the tender age of twenty-seven, allegedly due to exposure to the harmful chemicals involved in the photographic process.

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