Paddle steamer going under Clifton Suspension Bridge
Signed by artist & Captain George Gunn open print
size 28″x 18″ (other sizes available!)
Printed onto fine paper or canvas
Size: 30″x 20″
Signed by artist and Captain George Gunn
WHITE FUNNEL MEMORIES OF BRISTOL “THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE BRITANNIA 1896″
For many years Roger longed to paint a scene of the Avon Gorge with an old
paddle steamer in it. He did this painting to celebrate the 2000 Millenium and felt that this would be a
good time to show how life may have looked over 100 years ago!
This scene which required many long hours in museums and libraries etc.
researching the history of Bristol shows many things of interest:
• Brunel’s magnificent Suspension Bridge, which was opened in 1864. Unfortunately
Brunel never saw the completion of his most famous creation as he passed away some
five years previous • Brunels GWR Line (on the right) This line was closed in 1920 to
make way for the construction of the now Portway • On the left is the old Portishead
Line. This was closed to passengers in 1968, but the line still remains today (unused!)
• Looking across to Hotwells and Clifton Terraces you can see a horse drawn tram
just returning people from the Clifton Rocks Railway (a funicular cable system that
operated between Howells and Clifton) • In pride of place filled to capacity is the
Britannia” on her maiden voyage in Bristol. (She was launched that same year in
Scotland). This beautiful paddle steamer was the pride of the P & A Campbell
Companies White Funnel Fleet. Each print includes signatures of the artist and Captain George Gunn, he was once the skipper of this fine steamer and did in fact Captain (at some point) all of the Camble fleet.