Punch,  37 (1859), 169.

[Epitaph to Brunel and Stephenson]





Engineers, Heroism, Nationalism, Steamships, Railways, Government

    Surrounded by a black border, this article marks the deaths of Isambard K Brunel and Robert Stephenson, who died almost within a month of each other. Upholds them as 'A Nation's pioneers' who deserve heroic status for 'the bridged chasm' and 'the piercèd rock'—references to Brunel's steamships, which crossed oceanic gulfs, and to Stephenson's railway tunnels. Notes that 'in an epitaph their names shall live' but complains that 'They died Untitled' owing to the meanness of 'Courts'.

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