Book cover image: Arpingstone (, size and alignment by Elisa Vernazza,

Image of the Month

The image for September is a family tree of the Brunel and Barry fathers and sons covered in the book.

The key relationship between the two families was that of the civil engineers Sir John Wolfe Barry and Henry Marc Brunel who began working together in the 1860s. By the time they both died at the start of the 20th Century, their business partnership had expanded to include Kenneth Wolfe Barry, John's son, as well as eminent civil engineers of the day. Arthur John Barry, Kenneth's cousin, was a partner for a while but then set up his own civil engineering consultancy.

Wolfe Barry and partners continued trading in its own name for many years until eventually it merged with another famous consultancy. This new entity was absorbed by Hyder (now part of Arcadis), the company that helped build the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper at the time of writing the book.

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