John Rennie Sr
by and published by William Daniell, after George Dance Click on the links below to find out more
soft-ground etching, published 15 August 1810 (28 May 1803)
10 3/4 in. x 8 in. (272 mm x 204 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (409 mm x 287 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Rennie Sr (1761-1821), Civil engineer; father of Sir John Rennie Jr. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
- George Dance (1741-1825), Architect and portrait draughtsman. Artist associated with 322 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- William Daniell (1769-1837), Landscape painter and engraver. Artist associated with 288 portraits.
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