- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
by John Linnell
4 3/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (121 mm x 89 mm)
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
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.