The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Regency Portraits Catalogue

William Symington (1763-1831), Engineer

Drawing in Science Museum by David Octavius Hill, better known as a landscape painter, known from T. O. Barlow's mezzotint published c.1850; the NPG impression, proof before letters but with facsimile of signature, was given in 1910 by his daughters, Miss L. J. Barlow and her sister. Drawing is inscribed: Sketch made from The Life in a Leith Smack on a voyage from London of William Symington by D. O. Hill R.S.A. and in another hand: Drawn about the year 1830.

Bust in Science Museum, Melbourne, with a cast in Science Museum, London, engraved by Roffe, 1 May 1834, bust then in possession of Robert Bowie.

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.