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The Great Western Steam Ship of Bristol

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsGreat Western (1837)

Object details:

Object ID PAD6695
Description This coloured woodcut shows the British paddle steamer ‘Great Western’. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and launched in Bristol in 1837, she was the first purpose-built transatlantic steamship and became the model for successive Atlantic paddle steamers. She is shown here travelling near the coast under steam only, with her sails furled and several figures on deck. Three ships under sail are visible in the background, close to the coast or an island, left. There is a letterpress below the picture, containing a detailed description of the ship.
Date made

Artist/Maker Williams, J
Serjent, W.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials woodcut
Measurements Mount: 263 mm x 430 mm
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