Place Published: [Montreal]
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Binding: No binding
SCARCE ALBUMEN PRINT OF VICTORIA BRIDGE DURING CONSTRUCTION
11-1/8 x 8 inches, Victoria Bridge from Point St. Charles, Montreal during construction, "Victoria Bridge...early in Feb. 1859" in ink manuscript on verso. Albumen photo on very thin paper, a little faded and wrinkling, some tears along folds, otherwise good condition.
Quite scarce, early albumen photo of Victoria Bridge during construction.
The Victoria Bridge was designed by Robert Stephenson and Alexander McKenzie Ross, and the chief engineer was James Hodges. The first bridge to span the St.Lawrence River, it was the longest in the world at the time of its construction and described as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Construction began in 1854 and the first train crossed in December 1859, with the official inauguration by the Prince of Wales in August 1860. Originally a tubular bridge of prefabricated wrought iron sections made in England, it was later replaced with metal trusses in 1897-98 using the same stone piers and is still in use today.
William Notman was a Scottish-born successful photographer in Montreal who was commissioned by the engineer James Hodges to record the construction of the bridge and this is possibly one of his many studies available for purchase by the public.
Good. Item #8150