John Rennie Sr
2 of 16 portraits of John Rennie Sr
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John Rennie Sr
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
marble bust, 1818
30 1/2 in. (775 mm) high
Given by the sitter's grandson, John Keith Rennie, 1881
Sitterback to top
- John Rennie Sr (1761-1821), Civil engineer; father of Sir John Rennie Jr. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Commissioned by Rennie himself, possibly to mark the completion of Waterloo Bridge.
Related worksback to top
Linked publicationsback to top
- Curtis, Penelope; Funnell, Peter; Kalinsky, Nicola, Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 February to 30 May 2001), p. 5
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 517
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 410
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust (7 February 2001 - 20 May 2001)
Events of 1818back to top
Current affairsDeath of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's Queen since 1761.
Official enquiry initiated into Queen Caroline's conduct abroad.
Art and scienceMary Shelley anonymously publishes her masterpiece Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus which reflects growing concern about the role of morality in science.
Lord Byron completes his romance Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, whose gloomy, dissolute hero was probably based on the writer himself.
InternationalStamford Raffles acquires authorisation to construct a fort at Singapore marking the beginning of its development as a centre of East-West trade.
Congress of European Alliance at Aix-La-Chapelle. Lord Castlereagh plays a central role in establishing a pan-Europe peace settlement to bring a chastened France back into the world of political respectability.
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