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The Great Eastern
Albumen print, 1857
6-7/10, some light stains in sky area, tiny tear at bottom edge; 274 x 356mm, mounted
$2850.

Striking image (taken on the 12th of November) of Brunel's Great Eastern , one of the greatest engineering feats of the Victorian era. The photographs by Robert Howlett have become nearly as iconic an accomplishment within the early history of British photography. Both men died relatively soon after this photograph was taken, Howlett in 1858 and Brunel in 1859.