Splicing the cable. Artist: Robert Dudley. Drawn and lithographed by Dudley, with assistance from Day's technicians. Chromolithograph. 10 ½ x 16 ½ inches. An illustration for W. H. Russell's The Atlantic Telegraph (London: Day, 1866), p.57.

This design shows workers securing the cable after it was retrieved and accidentally dropped back into the ocean; it took two weeks to find it again. The importance of labouring men is stressed throughout the series, engaging in heroic activity while gentlefolk look on in admiration.

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