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George Rennie

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

George Rennie

by John Linnell
4 3/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (121 mm x 89 mm)
NPG 3683

Inscriptionback to top

Signed (middle left): I. L. F./1824
Inscribed in pencil on the back of the card on which the miniature is mounted: Portrait of/George Rennie Esqr./Painted from the Life by/John Linnell/Sept 1824 -/London/No 6 Cirencester Place/Fitzroy Sqr
Also in the miniature case, at the back, was one of Rennie's visiting cards, inscribed: portrait [ink] MR RENNIE, [printed]/by Linnell, [ink]/39, Wilton Crescent, Belgrave Square. [printed]

This portraitback to top

This superb miniature by Linnell is the only recorded portrait of Rennie. The town in the background has not been identified. Linnell was living at 6 Cirencester Place in 1824.

Referenceback to top

Story 1892
A. T. Story, Life of John Linnell (1892), II, 255.

Physical descriptionback to top

Fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair. Dressed in a white shirt and stock, light yellowish waistcoat and brown coat; behind is a view of a light bluish river and grey bridge, and a brown building with green bushes in the foreground and a grey church tower beyond on the left. Blue sky.

Provenanceback to top

Apparently the miniature listed by Story, as in the collection of the Misses A. and E. Rennie, 1892; Ewart Wheeler, purchased from him, 1949.

Reproductionsback to top

D. Foskett, British Portrait Miniatures (1963), facing p 176.

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.

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