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John Linnell

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John Linnell, by John Linnell, circa 1860 -NPG 1811 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Linnell

by John Linnell
circa 1860
35 7/8 in. x 27 5/8 in. (911 mm x 702 mm)
NPG 1811

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed on a label on the reverse: Portrait of John Linnell/painted by himself

This portraitback to top

The 1883 RA Catalogue dates this portrait to 1860, and Story, less plausibly, to 1868. Other self-portraits are listed below (most of the dates are approximate):
1 c.1820. Painting. Collection of Ralph Holland, exhibited British Self Portraits, Arts Council, 1962 (76).
2 c.1830. Drawing. Reproduced Story, I, frontispiece, and Magazine of Art (1892), p 130.
3 c.1835. Painting. Collection of Mrs F. Linnell, exhibited Portraits in Berkshire, Reading Museum and Art Gallery, 1964 (23).
4 c.1835. Miniature. Collection of Mrs F. Linnell, exhibited Reading, 1964 (23).
5 1838 (signed and dated). Painting. Christie's, 17 April 1953 (lot 4) (plate 535); said to have been exhibited at Leeds, 1868, but not apparently in the catalogue of the National Exhibition of Works of Art, Leeds, 1868.

Physical descriptionback to top

Healthy complexion, brownish eyes, grey hair and beard. Dressed in a dark neck-tie, white collar, soft purplish-grey painting-coat. Background colour various tones of green. The canvas in the lower left-hand corner is light brown and orange in colour.

Provenanceback to top

The artist; Linnell Sale, Christie's, 15 March 1918 (lot 27), bought Edward Vicars, and presented by him, 1918.

Exhibitionsback to top

Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters &c, RA, 1883 (50); VE, 1892 (200).

Reproductionsback to top

A. T. Story, The Life of John Linnell (1892), II, frontispiece; Magazine of Art (1892), p 131.


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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