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John Smeaton (1724-1792), Civil engineer

Sitter in 3 portraits
The first of the great engineers. He built harbours, bridges and lighthouses and made notable improvements in the design of water-wheels. He also undertook important experiments on the atmospheric steam-engine.

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John Smeaton

by George Romney, after Rhodes
oil on canvas, 1779 (circa 1779)
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 80


John Smeaton

by Miss Ickusch, after Thomas Gainsborough
lithograph, (1783)
NPG D41731


John Smeaton

by Richard Woodman, published by Charles Knight, after a painting attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D41730