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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

*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!

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

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

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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