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Sarah Austin (née Taylor)

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Sarah Austin (née Taylor), by John Linnell, 1834 -NPG 672 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sarah Austin (née Taylor)

by John Linnell
20 1/2 in. x 16 3/8 in. (521 mm x 416 mm)
NPG 672

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Signed and dated (lower left): J Linnell 1834

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In the past this drawing has been dated 1839, due to a misreading of the inscribed date. It is presumably a study for the 1834 oil portrait of Mrs Austin, commissioned from Linnell by Lord Jeffrey, and exhibited RA, 1835 (172). Another small oil portrait on panel, painted in 1840, [1] was sold at Sotheby's, 18 October 1950 (lot 152), from the collection of Mrs T. H. Riches. It was exhibited Exhibition of Works by Old Masters, RA, 1883 (105), and VE, 1892 (130), lent by the Linnell family.

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1) See A. T. Story, The Life of John Linnell (1891), II, 250. The 1840 portrait is reproduced I, facing 296.

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Mrs Austin; by descent to her granddaughter, Mrs Janet Ross, and presented by her, 1883.1

1 Two letters from Mrs Ross about the portrait and its presentation (NPG archives).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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