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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849), Civil engineer

Civil engineer, designed and constructed the Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping 1825-43; father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

‘… below the middle stature, his head was conspicuously large though without destroying the symmetry of his person; so striking indeed was his forehead that an Irish friend of mine, after his first introduction, was tempted to exclaim, 'Why, my dear fellow, that man's face is all head!' (Richard Beamish, Memoir of Brunel, 1862, p 305).

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Beamish 1862
Richard Beamish, Memoir of Brunel, 1862.

Brunel Noble 1938
Celia Brunel Noble, The Brunels, Father and Son, 1938.

Clements 1970
Paul Clements, Marc Isambard Brunel, 1970.

Pudney 1974
John Pudney, Brunel and his World, 1974.

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.