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Brunel's drawings

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is most widely recognised for his technical and engineering expertise. He was also a gifted artist who showed his creative talent at a very early age.

The Brunel Institute is delighted to have acquired four drawings dated between 1812 and 1833.

The earliest, a pencil sketch of a horse, is the creation of a six year old Isambard. Bearing the young artist’s signature it is one of the earliest known drawings attributed to Brunel.

Brunel’s humour shines through in his caricature of Admiral Sertorius. And his eye for detail and love of landscapes is clear in the pencil and watercolour drawings.

The four drawings were part of the personal papers of Benjamin and Sophia Hawes (I.K. Brunel’s sister and her husband) acquired by the Brunel Institute in 2010 with the help of a grant from the PRISM Fund.