Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Robert Mylne (1733-1811), Architect and civil engineer

Architect and civil engineer, b. Edinburgh; travelled in France and Italy 1754-59; designed the bridge at Blackfriars (opened 1769; demolished 1868); FRS 1767; surveyor of the cathedrals at St Paul’s and Canterbury 1766-67; his peculiarities ‘were chiefly connected with a high independence of spirit, and an inflexible sense of duty and justice’ (J. Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, IX, p 233).

‘a man of austere manners ... [and] violent temper, [who] appeared to have a contempt of every art but his own, and for every person but himself’ (James Elmes, 1847).

‘a rare jintleman, but as hot as pepper and as proud as Lucifer’ (anon. - one of Mylne’s workmen).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.