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Frank Dillon (1823-1909)

The Britannia tubular bridge over the Menai Straits dated 1852

Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil | 25.8 x 39.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 920228

Dillon’s view of the innovative Britannia Bridge between North Wales and the island of Anglesey emphasises the structure’s monumentality. Designed by the celebrated engineer Robert Stephenson, who showed the royal party the bridge on their visit in October 1852, Victoria thought it ʻstupendousʼ.