2 of 10 portraits of William Blake
replica by John Linnell
watercolour, 1861 (1821)
9 in. x 7 in. (229 mm x 178 mm)
Given by A.S. Bradby, 1927
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Sitterback to top
- William Blake (1757-1827), Visionary poet and painter. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Linnell (1792-1882), Painter. Artist associated with 67 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Linnell was introduced to William Blake in 1818. Despite the age difference - Linnell was 26 and Blake 61 - the artists found they had much in common, including their strong dissenting religious beliefs. Their artistic styles were very different, but they admired each other's work and often sketched together. Linnell supported Blake both financially and artistically, buying several works of art and commissioning engravings for the Book of Job and woodcut illustrations to Virgil's Eclogues.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 29
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 60
- Simon Schama, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through it's Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 390
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 51
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- John Linnell: Portraits (24 March 2007 - 9 September 2007)