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Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849), Civil engineer

Sitter in 10 portraits
Brunel was one of the principal engineers and inventors of the Regency period. Born in France, he fled the French Revolution in 1793 and settled in England in 1799. A prolific inventor, Brunel devised power-driven machines for sawing timber, knitting stockings and mass-producing ships' rigging blocks. He improved the docks at Chatham and Liverpool before taking on his most important project, the Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping (1825-43), the first tunnel built under a navigable river.

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Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by James Northcote
oil on canvas, 1812-1813
NPG 978


Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers
bronze medallion, 1828
NPG 5434


Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by William Brockedon
pencil and chalk, circa 1834
NPG 2515(28)


Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by Samuel Drummond
oil on canvas, circa 1835
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 89


Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by Unknown photographer
daguerreotype, circa 1845
NPG P578


Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075


Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a


Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by Charles Turner, after James Northcote
mezzotint, published 1815
NPG D32248


Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by J. Carter, after Samuel Drummond
mezzotint, published 1846
NPG D32247

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