John Hawkshaw [facsimile signature inside the plate.]
London: Published March 16th.1866, by Henry Graves & Co.the Proprietors Publishers to the Queen and T.R.H. the Prince & Princess of Wales _6 Pall Mall.
Mezzotint on india. Plate 515 x 406mm. 20¼ x 16". Slight damage top right; damaged borders.
Sir John Hawkshaw (1811-1891) was an English engineer. At the age of eighteen he received an appointment as engineer to the Bolivar Mining Association in Venezuela, but due to bad health, affected by the climate, he was forced to return to England in 1834. He then took employment under Jesse Hartley at the Liverpool docks, but was quickly made engineer in charge of the railways of Manchester, Bolton and the Bury Canal Company. In 1845 he became Chief Engineer to the Manchester and Leeds Railway, and a year later, to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. He can also put his name to other works around the world including Germany, Russia, India and Mauritius. He was actively engaged in the construction of canals and in 1862 he became engineer of the Amsterdam ship-canal. Back in England he was part of the original Channel Tunnel Company from 1872, but that was short lived due to differing opinions; he was also consulting engineer to the Severn Tunnel. Another claim is as designer of Puerto Madero, in Buenos Aires, finished in 1898. From 1861 until 1863 he served as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
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