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John Linnell

(1792-1882), Painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 68 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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William Newman, by John Linnell - NPG 5204

William Newman

by John Linnell
watercolour and pencil, circa 1820
NPG 5204

William Blake, replica by John Linnell - NPG 2146

William Blake

replica by John Linnell
watercolour, 1861, based on a work of 1821
NPG 2146

J.M.W. Turner, by John Linnell - NPG 6344

J.M.W. 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 - NPG 1818b

Harvey Aston

by John Linnell
pencil and crayon, 1839
NPG 1818b

Litchfield Tabrum, by John Linnell - NPG 1818a

Litchfield Tabrum

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

J.M.W. Turner, published by Friedrich Bruckmann, after  Charles Wentworth Wass, after  John Linnell - NPG x197176

J.M.W. Turner

published by Friedrich Bruckmann, after Charles Wentworth Wass, after John Linnell
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1875 (1838)
NPG x197176

John Martin, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D38285

John Martin

by and published by John Linnell
etching, published May 1813
NPG D38285

Joseph Ivimey, by Charles Penny, after  John Linnell - NPG D3150

Joseph Ivimey

by Charles Penny, after John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1820
NPG D3150

Rowland Hill, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D35841

Rowland Hill

by and published by John Linnell
etching, published March 1827
NPG D35841

Rowland Hill, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D19930

Rowland Hill

by and published by John Linnell
etching, published March 1827
NPG D19930

William Empson, by William Walker, after  John Linnell - NPG D36185

William Empson

by William Walker, after John Linnell
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D36185

Reverend Stratton, by Thomas Goff Lupton, after  John Linnell - NPG D42087

Reverend Stratton

by Thomas Goff Lupton, after John Linnell
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D42087

Robert Gooch, by and published for John Linnell, published by  William Johnstone White - NPG D34589

Robert Gooch

by and published for John Linnell, published by William Johnstone White
line engraving, published 1 May 1831
NPG D34589

Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D32538

Sir Augustus Wall Callcott

by and published by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1 March 1832
NPG D32538

Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D19580

Sir Augustus Wall Callcott

by and published by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1 March 1832
NPG D19580

William Bray, by John Linnell - NPG D32091

William Bray

by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1833
NPG D32091

William Bray, by John Linnell - NPG D32092

William Bray

by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1833
NPG D32092

Charles Babbage, by John Linnell, published by  Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co - NPG D16124

Charles Babbage

by John Linnell, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1833
NPG D16124

James Stephen, by John Linnell, published by  Dominic Charles Colnaghi - NPG D32850

James Stephen

by John Linnell, published by Dominic Charles Colnaghi
mezzotint, published 1 August 1834
NPG D32850

Thomas Robert Malthus, by John Linnell - NPG D38173

Thomas Robert Malthus

by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1 January 1834 (1833)
NPG D38173

Thomas Robert Malthus, by and published for John Linnell, published by  Dominic Charles Colnaghi - NPG D15408

Thomas Robert Malthus

by and published for John Linnell, published by Dominic Charles Colnaghi
mezzotint, published 1 January 1834 (1833)
NPG D15408

George Augustus Eliott Marsh, by John Linnell, published by  James Izzard - NPG D38269

George Augustus Eliott Marsh

by John Linnell, published by James Izzard
mixed-method engraving, published November 1835 (1835)
NPG D38269

Zachary Langton, by John Linnell - NPG D37163

Zachary Langton

by John Linnell
mezzotint, 1836 (1836)
NPG D37163

Zachary Langton, by John Linnell - NPG D37164

Zachary Langton

by John Linnell
mezzotint, 1836 (1836)
NPG D37164

John Leifchild, by John Linnell, published by  John Leifchild - NPG D37276

John Leifchild

by John Linnell, published by John Leifchild
mezzotint, published 10 November 1836
NPG D37276

Pelham Warren, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D37854

Pelham Warren

by and published by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 10 November 1836 (1835)
NPG D37854

Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, by and published by John Linnell, published by  Francis Graves & Co - NPG D38916

Thomas Spring Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon

by and published by John Linnell, published by Francis Graves & Co
mezzotint, published 15 March 1836
NPG D38916

Edward William Wynne Pendarves, by John Linnell, published by  Dominic Charles Colnaghi - NPG D40135

Edward William Wynne Pendarves

by John Linnell, published by Dominic Charles Colnaghi
mezzotint, published March 1836 (1835)
NPG D40135

Pelham Warren, by and published by John Linnell - NPG D16141

Pelham Warren

by and published by John Linnell
mezzotint, published 10 November 1836 (1835)
NPG D16141

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, by John Linnell, published by  Thomas Boys - NPG D8878

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by John Linnell, published by Thomas Boys
mezzotint, published 1838
NPG D8878

William Evans, by (Isaac) Weld Taylor, printed by  Jérémie Graf, published by  Thomas Boys, after  John Linnell - NPG D36596

William Evans

by (Isaac) Weld Taylor, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Thomas Boys, after John Linnell
lithograph, published 6 March 1840
NPG D36596

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, by James Scott, published by  Thomas Boys, after  John Linnell - NPG D39594

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by James Scott, published by Thomas Boys, after John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1 January 1840
NPG D39594

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, by James Scott, published by  Thomas Boys, after  John Linnell - NPG D39595

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by James Scott, published by Thomas Boys, after John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1 January 1840
NPG D39595

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, by James Scott, published by  Thomas Boys, after  John Linnell - NPG D39596

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by James Scott, published by Thomas Boys, after John Linnell
mezzotint, published 1 January 1840
NPG D39596

Robert Peel, by John Linnell, published by  Welch & Gwynne - NPG D39600

Robert Peel

by John Linnell, published by Welch & Gwynne
mezzotint, published May 1841 (1838)
NPG D39600

Thomas Hill, by Joseph Brown, published by  Richard Bentley, after  John Linnell - NPG D3256

Thomas Hill

by Joseph Brown, published by Richard Bentley, after John Linnell
stipple engraving, published January 1841
NPG D3256

Joseph Strutt, by John Linnell, published by  Moseley & Nephew - NPG D42093

Joseph Strutt

by John Linnell, published by Moseley & Nephew
mezzotint, published 12 April 1842
NPG D42093

Joseph Strutt, by John Linnell, published by  Moseley & Nephew - NPG D42094

Joseph Strutt

by John Linnell, published by Moseley & Nephew
mezzotint, published 12 April 1842
NPG D42094

Joseph Strutt, by John Linnell, published by  Moseley & Nephew - NPG D42095

Joseph Strutt

by John Linnell, published by Moseley & Nephew
mezzotint, published 12 April 1842
NPG D42095

Henry Stephen Fox-Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester, by James Henry Lynch, published by  Joseph Hogarth, after  John Linnell - NPG D46380

Henry Stephen Fox-Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester

by James Henry Lynch, published by Joseph Hogarth, after John Linnell
lithograph, published 7 March 1860
NPG D46380

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