Issue Date: 23/02/2006
Issue Name: Bicentenary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This cover celebrates all Brunel's incredible engineering achievements. His steamship, The Great Western was the largest the world had ever seen! You can see his famous Royal Albert Bridge behind him. The image of Brunel himself comes from a statue dedicated to him, which stood for a long time at Paddington Station. The superb Brunel cover is postmarked at Paddington, the main Terminus for his Great Western Railway. The 42p stamp also features Paddington Station. The painting on the cover is by leading artist, John Wigston, and is available signed by the original 'railway girl' herself, Jenny Agutter OBE.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS (9th April 1806 – 15th September 1859), was an English mechanical and civil engineer who is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history", "one of the 19th-century engineering giants", and "one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, who changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions". Brunel built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering.
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Jenny Agutter OBE is a British actress. She began her career as a child actress in 1964, appearing in East of Sudan, Star! and two adaptations of The Railway Children—the BBC's 1968 television serial and the 1970 film version.