Harvey Aston

1 portrait of Harvey Aston

Harvey Aston, by John Linnell, 1839 - NPG 1818b - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Harvey Aston

by John Linnell
pencil and crayon, 1839
15 in. x 12 1/2 in. (381 mm x 318 mm)
Purchased, 1918
Primary Collection
NPG 1818b


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  • John Linnell (1792-1882), Painter. Artist associated with 67 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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This drawing shows Harvey Aston on his deathbed. Very little is known about Aston or the circumstances of this drawing, but it is likely that his family commissioned Linnell to memorialise him. During the nineteenth-century, the memory of dead loved ones was often perpetuated through paintings, death-masks and busts, which were viewed as therapeutic aids in the process of grieving.

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