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John Linnell

(1792-1882), Painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 69 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 17 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6344

Litchfield Tabrum, by John Linnell - NPG 1818a

Litchfield Tabrum

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

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