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Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

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Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, by James Northcote, 1812-1813, dated 1813 - NPG 978 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

by James Northcote
oil on canvas, 1812-1813, dated 1813
49 1/4 in. x 39 in. (1251 mm x 991 mm)
Given by the sitter's grandson, Henry Marc Brunel, 1895
Primary Collection
NPG 978


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  • James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 portraits.

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Brunel's hand rests on drawings of the circular saws that he had invented for cutting veneers. Behind him is a model of one of his block-making machines.

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