Brunel generally sports a sort of guernsey sweater, which I'm surprised to find is not an anachronism. I think as he's French I was picturing a Breton fisherman jersey; also known, by happy chance, as a Channel jumper.

Buxton, from the Norfolk Museum collection of Fishermen Ganseys As previously mentioned, the "Yachting Jersey".

1902 and short sleeved, this is the closest I've come to Brunel's sweater-- described as "wooly chain mail" in this excellent post on the history of Guernsey jumpers

James Williams by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Name: James Williams Arrested for: Larceny Arrested at: North Shields Police Station Arrested on: August 1902

1840s Gentleman in tennis gear  Awwwwww yeah.  I can't believe I inadvertently wound up putting Brunel is historically accurate clothes.

benhasten:Mr Laing or Laine, 1843 “ Medium Calotype print Photo by Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill “The identity of the smartly dressed tennis player in this staged scene is uncertain and yet this.

My favorite Brunel pic, so cool. Love the elegant binoculars.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel at Millwall, Leaning Against a Chain Drum, November 1857 Giclee Print by Robert Howlett

*wolfwhistle*  I hadn't THOUGHT of Brunel's trousers as being white leather, but they are now!

*wolfwhistle* I hadn't THOUGHT of Brunel's trousers as being white leather, but they are now!

Classic. Building of the Great Eastern, bristling with energy.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the launching chains of the Great Eastern, by Robert Howlett, 1857

White linen trousers

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Alpha dog, gentlemen. Love his stance here, though he looks worried sick, for good reason. Great Eastern launch.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, William Harrison and others wear top hats, before the launch of the SS Great Eastern 1857

A less successful snap from the Howlett photoshoot.

A less successful snap from the Howlett photoshoot.

A bookish moment.

A bookish moment.


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