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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), Civil engineer

Brunel appears in the painting of the 'Conference of Engineers at Britannia Bridge, Clifton' by J. Lucas in the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, reproduced in the catalogue of their collection (1950), facing p 19, engraved by J. Scott, published H. Graves, 1858 (example in NPG); a painting by an unknown artist was sold Coe & Sons, 18 January 1967 (lot 830); a drawing by C. Vogel is in the Küpferstichkabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; a marble bust by E. W. Wyon was exhibited RA, 1862 (1106); a copy by C. H. Mabey is in the Institution of Civil Engineers; a bronze statue by Baron C. Marochetti is on the Victoria Embankment, London; there is a photograph by R. Howlett of 1852 (examples in NPG and elsewhere), and a woodcut after it was published Illustrated Times, 16 January 1858; there is an engraving by D. J. Pound, after a photograph by Mayall (example in NPG), and a woodcut after the same photograph was published ILN, XXXII (1858), 352; another woodcut was published ILN, XXXV (1859), 303; two group photographs are at Brunel University, reproduced Observer, 'Magazine Section' (20 September 1970), pp 1 and 14.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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.