- This drawing set belonged to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it contains 18 different drawing instruments which would have helped him to design detailed new structures, and sketch ideas. The box contains rulers, compasses, pens, and dividers.
- The drawing instruments, which date from 1836 to 1858, are made from metal and ivory. Many of the objects are engraved with either I.K. Brunel or IKB. The engraving is in a few different styles, suggesting that Brunel either added to the box over several years or replaced items if they were lost or broken.
- The instruments are stored inside a wooden box; on the lid there is a brass plaque engraved I.K. Brunel.
- Before computers and digital drawing, technical designs, such as for new buildings or bridges, were drawn by hand. Drawing instruments such as these would have been used by engineers, mathematicians and architects to help them with their work.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Drawing Set, 1836 – 1858
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