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JOHN LINNELL: PORTRAITS
John Linnell (1792-1882) was one of the most successful and admired Victorian artists. Brought up in Bloomsbury, London, where his father was a frame maker and picture dealer, Linnell was a precocious talent. As a child he would copy the works of the popular artist, George Morland, for his father, who sold them to clients. He began his formal art training at the Royal Academy Schools aged thirteen, and found companionship with older students including Benjamin Robert Haydon and David Wilkie. Linnell shared lodgings with William Mulready, an artist he intensely admired, and a small portrait of Mulready in the Gallery's Collection, painted by Linnell in 1833, testifies to their lasting friendship.
Drawn from the Gallery's collection of works on paper, this display focuses on Linnell's intimate drawings and watercolours and includes portraits of patrons and friends, such as the artist William Blake, whom Linnell championed and supported.
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