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Isambard’s descent in the diving bell

Year 1827
Object no. LDBRU:2017.1
Size 217mm (w) x 190mm (h)
Location Stored at London Metropolitan Archives
Acquired Auction at Bonhams
Grants from NHMF, Art Fund, V&A, Friends National Libraries & Trinity Buoy Wharf
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's autograph drawing showing his descent in a diving bell to inspect damage to the shield of the Thames Tunnel after the flood of May 1827, signed and dated ("I.K. Brunel/ 1827"), showing the bell suspended from a boat crewed by some twenty men, with two figures within the bell, one seated within, the other half out of the bell in order to inspect the damage, secured by rope to his companion (pen-and-ink on wove paper).

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