A Very Impressive & Superbly Cast Patinated Bronze Bust of George Stephenson, of generous proportions. Mid Nineteenth Century. Engraved E W Wyon Sculptor and dated 1858 also engraved DELPECH RED.
Dressed in classical draperies and looking slightly to the left, ending on its original circular socle on spreading base.
Condition: Good original untouched condition, nice surface patination, very small scratch on his chest, see image.
Height: (an impressive, entire) 13" (33cm). Width: (at widest shoulders) 9.25” (23.5cm). Depth: (at base) 4.75” (12cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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George Stephenson 1781– 1848) was a British Civil and Mechanical Engineer during the Industrial Revolution. Renowned as the "Father of Railways", Stephensonwas considered by theVictorian people as a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement. His chosen rail gauge, sometimes called "Stephenson gauge", was the basis for the 4 feet 8+1⁄2 inches (1.435 m) standard gauge used by most of the world's railways.
Pioneered by Stephenson, rail transport was one of the most important technological inventions of the 19th century and a key component of the Industrial Revolution. Built by George and his son Robert’s company Robert Stephenson and Company, Locomotion No. 1 was the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. George also built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, which opened in 1830.