Greeting Card / Banquet
A5 greeting card with envelope. The Banquet in the Tunnel from a painting by George Jones, dated 1827.
A show of bravado on the point of young Isambard who organised an underground banquet to raise funds for the tunnel after a disastrous flood. The glitter of gas lit candelabra and the sound of the band of the Coldstream Guards must have created a magical atmosphere. Although father and son are pictured together in the foreground, Marc did not attend the event.