John Rennie Sr
by Edward Scriven, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after Archibald Skirving Click on the links below to find out more
stipple and line engraving, circa 1821-1841
13 5/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (347 mm x 272 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.
- McQueen (Macqueen) (active 1819-1872), Printers. Artist associated with 68 portraits.
- Edward Scriven (1775-1841), Engraver. Artist associated with 208 portraits.
- Archibald Skirving (1749-1819), Scottish portrait painter. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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