by John Linnell
pencil and red and white chalk, 1841
13 3/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (340 mm x 213 mm)
Artistback to top
- John Linnell (1792-1882), Painter. Artist associated with 68 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This is a preparatory drawing made for a portrait miniature, and demonstrates Linnell's skill at swiftly capturing a likeness. A sketch such as this would be used as a guide for painting a miniature in watercolour on ivory. At this stage in his career, Linnell was charging high prices for his works, particularly portraits. Little is known about Mr Tabrum, but he is likely to have been a wealthy gentleman.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- John Linnell: Portraits (24 March 2007 - 9 September 2007)
Events of 1841back to top
Current affairsSir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.
Art and scienceThomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present.
William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.