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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Rennie Sr (1761-1821), Civil engineer; father of Sir John Rennie Jr

Oil by Shee in Scottish NPG, three-quarter-length seated with a view of Lancaster Canal Lune aqueduct in background, exhibited RA 1794 (2) and acquired from the Rennie family in 1980.

Oil by Raeburn given by his son Sir John to Institution of Civil Engineers in 1849, sold in 1950 and possibly that at Sotheby's 22 November 1961 (95) bought Fine Art Society; another was exhibited Third Exhibition of National Portraits, South Kensington, 1868 (103) lent by W. H. Rennie, and another in Raeburn Exhibition 1876 (152) lent by Raeburn family. Greig mentions one sold at Christie's 1903.

Drawing by Dance (NPG 1154).

Chalk drawing by Archibald Skirving known from E. Scriven's stipple and line engraving (with artist's name as S. Kirven); a smaller stipple by Holl was published by John Murray 1861.

Bust by Chantrey (NPG 649).

Drawing by Behnes known from a stipple by Thomson published in The European Magazine, 1 December 1821, plan of Waterloo Bridge in background.

Stipple by W. T. Fry 'engraved with permission of the Family' possibly from their Raeburn, published T. Boys 2 December 1822.

Medals struck posthumously by W. Bain (see NPG 679).

Statue by C. A. Rivers exhibited Westminster Hall 1844.

Lawrence was going to paint his portrait (but died before doing so) and said: 'I shall show him as Jupiter for there never was a more magnificent head' (Sir John Rennie cit. Cyril Boucher, John Rennie, 1963, pp 22-3).

'Men of Science Living in 1807-8' by Gilbert (NPG 1075).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.