Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman

JOHN LINNELL H.R.S.A. R.W.S. (1792-1882)

Portrait of a Gentleman

c. 1850 United Kingdom

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John Linnell
1792 - 1882
Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on panel
Image size: 9¾ x 7¼inches
Original giltwood frame

John Linnell was an English landscape and portrait painter. He achieved his greatest success as a portraitist, but always preferred painting landscapes and was a rival to John Constable. He was very fond of Northern European art of the Renaissance, particularly Albrecht Dürer. Linnell became close
friends with William Blake, who was virtually destitute, so Linnell helped with commissions. Some of his early landscapes are touched with the same visionary quality of William Blake and of Samuel Palmer, who married Linnell's daughter in 1837.

Linnell was born in Bloomsbury, London. His father was a carver and gilder and Linnell was brought into contact with artists from an early age, and was drawing and selling portraits in chalk and pencil at the age of ten. His first artistic instruction was received from Benjamin West, and he spent a year in the house of John Varley the water-colour painter, where he had William Hunt and William Mulready as
fellow-pupils. Here he made the acquaintance of Shelley, Godwin and other significant men of the time. In 1805 he was admitted as a student of the Royal Academy, where he obtained medals for drawing, modelling and sculpture.
At first he made a very comfortable living by painting miniatures and larger portraits, such as the likenesses of Mulready, Richard Whately, Peel and Thomas Carlyle. However, his true passion lay elsewhere and in 1846 Linnell virtually gave up portraiture and after settling at Redhill in 1851 most of his large output was devoted to idyllic scenes of Surrey. Such works were highly popular and he became immensely wealthy. In spite of his success he was denied membership of the Royal Academy, this being a reflection of his unpopularity with some of his fellow artists.
He remained at Redhill until his death on 20 January 1882, painting until within the last few years of his life.
This stunning portrait has been meticulously painted, a fine brush has been used to create the light catching the sitter’s hair and facial details.
Height 9.75 inch (24.76 cm)
Width 7.25 inch (18.41 cm)
Oil on panel
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