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Delboy brothers 
Construction of the Bridge over the Merwede River near Sliedrecht 
1882, 8 July 
  
Photograph, on printed mount 
21.5 x 36.2 cm (image) 32.8 x 38.6 cm (mount) 
  
Rijksmuseum 
Object number: RP-F-2005-95 
  
 
LL/77036 
  
In the second half of the 19th century, the Delboy brothers from The Hague recorded the construction of countless bridges, locks, railway tracks and canals throughout the Netherlands. What is interesting about this image is how close the photographers were to their subject in the 19th century, photographers usually stood farther away from building activities. The brothers were evidently more interested in capturing the exciting perspective than in rendering reality accurately. 
 

 
  
 
  
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