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Albums compiled by Prince Albert, reflecting his beliefs surrounding photography

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

The 'Great Eastern' lying opposite New Milford 1857-58

Albumen print | 17.6 x 21.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2932780

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Photograph showing a steam ship anchored on a beach.

SS Great Eastern, known as 'Leviathan' before its launch in 1858, was the last major work of the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It was five times the size of any contemporary ship and its construction and design were revolutionary. As such, this example of Victorian technology was of sufficient interest for Albert, the Prince Consort to include five photographs of it in one of his albums. His eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, went to see the ship at Millwall on 5 December 1857.

  • Creator(s)

    Robert Howlett (1831-58) (photographer)

    SS Great Eastern (steamship, launched 1858; scrapped 1889-90)
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59)
  • 17.6 x 21.4 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Ships
            • Steamships