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John Linnell (1792-1882), Painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 67 portraits
John Linnell was a successful and much admired artist during his lifetime. He had a thriving portrait practice, but his real passion was always landscape painting. Largely self-taught, he entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1805, and he became a pupil of John Varley at around the same time. From 1807 to 1811, he exhibited oil paintings, mainly genre scenes and landscapes, at the Royal Academy and at the British Institution. From the late 1840s, he abandoned portraiture in favour of landscapes. Deeply religious, his work includes Biblical as well as English landscapes. Throughout his life, his work was much in demand and he became very prosperous.

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Robert Hunt

by John Linnell
pencil, 1819
NPG 4523


William Newman

by John Linnell
watercolour and pencil, circa 1820
NPG 5204


William Blake

replica by John Linnell
watercolour, 1861 (1821)
NPG 2146


George Rennie

by John Linnell
watercolour on ivory, 1824
NPG 3683


Sir Thomas Erskine Perry

by John Linnell
pencil and red and white chalk, 1825-1850
NPG 1817


William Mulready

by John Linnell
oil on panel, 1833
NPG 1690


Sarah Austin (née Taylor)

by John Linnell
chalk and pencil, 1834
NPG 672


Samuel Warren

attributed to John Linnell
oil on canvas, circa 1835-1840
NPG 1441


Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by John Linnell
oil on panel, 1838
NPG 772


Joseph Mallord William Turner

by John Linnell
oil on canvas, 1838
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6344


Harvey Aston

by John Linnell
pencil and crayon, 1839
NPG 1818b


William Crotch

by John Linnell
watercolour, 1839
NPG 1812


William Crotch

by John Linnell
watercolour, circa 1839
NPG 1813


Charles Mayne Young

by John Linnell
chalk, circa 1840
NPG 1814


Mr Tabrum

by John Linnell
pencil and red and white chalk, 1841
NPG 1818a


Samuel Bagster the Elder

by John Linnell
pencil and white chalk, circa 1852
NPG 1816

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