THE FORTH BRIDGE

bridge being built

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 236 STG141 27
 

Forth Bridge in Scotland, still under construction, circa 1889
the image of this silk picture was kindly donated by John Hartwig, USA

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card mount:-
 
WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY THOMAS STEVENS, STEVENGRAPH WORKS, COVENTRY

THE FORTH BRIDGE.

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm high by cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
The bridge is pictured under construction, in black or dark brown and white.

by Geoffrey Godden:
Two distinctly different versions of this landscape view of the famous Scottish bridge are recorded. The bridge was constructed between 1882 and October 1889 at a cost of 3,200,000, and was opened by the Prince of Wales on 4th March 1890.
The first version, probably the picture first listed on label 23+34b (of about 1889), shows the bridge in an uncompleted state [image above]. Most examples are found with type C card-mounts [as the one above]. This subject occurs, rarely, on a large size card-mount measuring about 11 inches (28 cm) by 61/2 inches (16.5 cm). It also occurs, rarely, woven in brown.
A later silk was issued which shows the bridge completed [st240 on this site].

Other comments:
This picture usually has a story back label:

story back label giving statistics of the Forth Bridge in Scotland

 



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new image added 11 May 2013. Story back label added 11 January 2018 © Peter Daws
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