- Extended Catalogue Entry
by John Linnell
oil on canvas, 1838
18 1/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (460 mm x 384 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Landscape painter. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Linnell (1792-1882), Painter. Artist associated with 69 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
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Although he ended his career as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, Turner was an intensely private man who rarely had his portrait painted. Linnell developed this from memory at the request of the Revd Daniell at whose table both artist and sitter frequently met.
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- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 125
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 103
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 67
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 626
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 71
Events of 1838back to top
Current affairsThe Anti-Corn Law league is established in Manchester, led by Richard Cobden and John Bright, aiming to create a fully free-trade economy.
The People's Charter is published, demanding many constitutional amendments that would become central to future democratic reform, including universal male suffrage and secret ballots. Despite having one million signatures (and 5 million by 1848), the petition was rejected.
Slavery is completely abolished.
Art and scienceTurner's The Fighting Temeraire is exhibited at the Royal Academy. The Temeraire, which had broken the line at the Battle of Trafalgar, was a reflection on the rapid changes of the industrial age. This was demonstrated this year when Isambard Brunel's Great Western crosses the Atlantic, in just fifteen days - a ship under sail could take a month.
The London-Birmingham railway is also completed, the line engineered by Robert Stephenson.
InternationalThe first stage in the formation of independent Boer republics in South Africa, as the Republic of Natal is formed in South Africa, following the Boers defeat of the Matabele of Mzilikasi. This comes two years after the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of the British-ruled colony of South Africa set out on the Great Trek, in search of their own independent state.
The Central American Federation, an experimental republic formed of several Latin states splits.
Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.
William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
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