The visionary, global engineer Benjamin Baker was responsible for some of the most audacious structures of nineteenth century. He designed the Forth Rail Bridge (for which he was knighted by Queen Victoria) and the first Aswan Dam. He also designed the metal cylinder that brought Cleopatra?s Needle back from Alexandria to London and tunneling systems for the London Underground and the Hudson River Tunnel into New York.
This is the first ever exhibition exploring his work, with wonderful images of Baker?s most famous achievement, the mile long Forth Rail Bridge under construction. At the time the longest bridge in the world, these little known photographs show an industrial masterpiece - the first ever steel bridge - in the making from 1883 to its completion in 1890. These were taken by his assistant Evelyn Carey, and printed from the original glass negatives held in the National Archives of Scotland. They will be shown alongside rarely seen vintage prints, on loan from Getty Images, of two of Baker?s other remarkable projects, the transportation of Cleopatra?s Needle and the construction of the Aswan Dam.
Venue: The Building Centre Gallery, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
Opening times: Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 6pm, Saturday, 10am - 5pm.
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street
Telephone: 020 7692 4000