• A Pile of Rubbish -
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    Signed and dated 1806 lower centre

    Black and white chalk on blue-grey paper

    10.9 by 21.9 cm., 4 ¼ by 8 ½ in.

  • Study of Horizon and Sky -
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    Signed and dated 1805

    Black chalk on blue paper

    12.4 by 11.8 cm., 4 ¾ by 4 ½ in.

  • Study a Child from behind -
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    Signed with initials and dated 1806-7 lower left

    Black chalk on blue-grey paper

    13 by 14.5 cm., 5 by 5 ¾ in.

  • Study of a Shed -
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    Signed lower right

    Black and white chalk on blue-grey paper

    20 by 26.7 cm., 7 ¾ by 10 ½ in.

  • Looking across the Thames to Westminster Abbey -
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    Signed lower left and inscribed with title lower right

    Pencil on buff paper

    11.8 by 14.8 cm., 4 ½ by 5 ¾ in.

     

    This is a view looking west across the Thames from just south of Westminster Bridge.

  • A Cart on a Country Road, Balcombe, Sussex -
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    Signed lower right: J Linnell Balcombe/’48

    Black and white chalk on buff paper

    43.5 by 30.5 cm., 17 by 12 in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Abbott and Holder, circa 1955, where bought by Ralph Holland (1917-2012)


    Linnell rented a cottage at Balcombe, Sussex from July to October 1836. Balcombe is a village four miles north of Haywards Heath.

  • Trees at Balcombe, Sussex -
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    Signed lower right: J Linnell Balcombe/’48

    Black chalk on buff paper

    29.8 by 37.1 cm., 11 ¾ by 14 ½ in.

     

    Linnell rented a cottage at Balcombe, Sussex from July to October 1836. Balcombe is a village four miles north of Haywards Heath.

  • Bognor, Sussex -
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    Signed lower left and inscribed lower right: Bognor

    Pencil

    11.6 by 19.4 cm., 4 ½ by 7 ½ in.


    This dates from Linnell’s visit to Bognor Regis on the South Coast in August 1816.

  • Study of a Shrimper, North Wales -
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    Signed lower left: N W J Linnell /’13

    Black and white chalk in blue paper

    11.9 by 17.6 cm., 4 ½ by 6 ¾ in.


    This dates from Linnell’s first main sketching tour in the summer of 1813 with the engraver G.R. Lewis. The coach left the Green Man in Oxford Street at the end of August and they travelled overnight to Llangollen. From there, they walked to Bettws-y-Coed sketching as they went. After a month Linnell had over a hundred sketches, mostly executed in watercolour and chalk or black and white chalk, and decided to return to London (for more on this trip see David Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell & Co. – the Life of John Linnell, 1994, pp. 28-29).

  • The Pass of Llanberis, Dolbadarn Castle beyond, North Wales -
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    Signed lower centre: Pass of Llanberris J Linnell 1813. Dolbadarn Castle in distance

    Black and white chalk on buff laid paper

    22 by 40.7 cm., 8 ½ by 16 in.

     

    This dates from Linnell’s first main sketching tour in the summer of 1813 with the engraver G.R. Lewis. The coach left the Green Man in Oxford Street at the end of August and they travelled overnight to Llangollen. From there, they walked to Bettws-y-Coed sketching as they went. After a month Linnell had over a hundred sketches, mostly executed in watercolour and chalk or black and white chalk, and decided to return to London (for more on this trip see David Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell & Co. – the Life of John Linnell, 1994, pp. 28-29).

  • Studies of a Wheelbarrow -
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    Inscribed lower left: about 1805 and lower right: shewn to B. West PRA

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    10.4 by 16 cm., 4 by 6 ¼ in.


    The miniaturist Andrew Robertson introduced the 13 year old Linnell to Sir Benjamin West, the President of the Royal Academy, and Linnell would visit him twice of week. Linnell recalled: `My visit to him were in the morning, just before he began to paint. His old servant and model had just set his palette…. He looked at my drawings – often worked upon them with chalk – and gave me clear and simple instructions….. Mr West expressed himself much pleased with some black and white chalk studies of mine, made in company with William Hunt’ (see David Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell & Co. – the Life of John Linnell, 1994, p.9). 

  • Paddington Fields, London -
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    Signed lower centre: J. Linnell Paddington Fields 1811

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    27.3 by 44 cm., 10 ¾ by 17 ¼ in.

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Spink-Leger, Feeling through the Eye – The `new’ Landscape in Britain 1800-1830, March to April 2000, no.48

     

    In July 1811, Linnell moved to his own lodgings at no.11 Queen Street, Edgware Road and many sketches from this period are of Kensington Gravel Pits north of Kensington Gardens and near Paddington. The Paddington area of London was not developed until the arrival of the railway in the 1830s.

  • Study of Harvesters -
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    black and white chalk on grey paper

    19.4 by 28.6cm., 7 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches

  • Sky study -
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    signed lower left: J Linnell

    black and white chalk on grey paper

    15.5 by 23.3cm., 6 by 9 inches

  • Haymaking among Trees -
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    signed lower right: J. Linnell/15

    black and white chalk on buff paper

    27.8 x 42 cm., 10 ? x 16 ? inches

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby?s 8th April 1998, lot 141

    Private Collection, U.K.

     

    This is probably a view taken in Windsor Forest. Linnell spent a month at Winkfield, near Windsor, in May 1815 with his fianc?e Mary Ann Palmer and spent a lot of that time sketching in Windsor Park and Forest. He also visited the Isle of Wight in September 1815.

  • A Boatyard by the Thames, London -
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    Signed lower left: J Linnell f.

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    16.2 by 24.1 cm., 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches

     

    This rare early drawing by Linnell can be dated to between 1805 and 1809 when he was taught by John Varley.

  • Study of a Wherry on the Thames, London -
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    Signed lower left: J Linnell f. 

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    14.8 by 21.6 cm., 5 /4 by 8 1/2 inches

     

    This rare early drawing by Linnell can be dated to between 1805 and 1809 when he was taught by John Varley.

  • Trees in a Landscape -
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    Signed lower left: J.L./16

    Watercolour on laid paper

    10.2 by 14.3 cm., 4 by 5 ½  in.

     

    Provenance:

    By descent from the artist to his granddaughter Mrs T.H. Riches, her sale, Sotheby’s, 18th October 1950, lot 138, bt Agnews;

    Private Collection, London

  • Portrait of Mrs Nasmyth -
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    Signed lower left: J  Linnell fect 1836.

    Pencil, coloured chalks and watercolour on buff paper

    56.1 by 40.5 cm., 22 by 15 ¾ in.

     

    Literature:

    W.S. Fine Art, Summer Catalogue, 2009, no. 55, pp. 90-91

     

    This portrait drawing of the wife of the eminent dental surgeon Alexander Nasmyth (1789-1848) is unusually well documented in Linnell’s diary and archive in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Linnell painted portraits in oil of Mr and Mrs Nasmyth in 1833-34 and Nasmyth later wrote to Linnell requesting a portrait of his wife `in the Ten pound style’ meaning a watercolour and chalk drawing. The drawing was eventually executed on 28th June 1836. Nasmyth then requested that Linnell include a chair and table in the portrait which he added when he dined with the Nasmyths in their house at 13a George St, Hanover Square on 14th July.

  • A Farmyard -
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    Signed with initials and dated 1805 lower right
    With a study of an arch on the same sheet under the mount
    Black and white chalk in buff paper
    Sheet 15.4 by 12.1 cm., 6 by 4 3/4 in.
  • Study of a Ramshackle House -
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    Signed lower right

    Black and white chalk on blue laid paper

    12.4 by 15.8 cm., 4 ¾ by 6 ¼ in.

  • Study of a Child from behind -
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    Signed with initials and dated 1806 lower right

    Black chalk on blue-grey paper

    12.7 by 11.7 cm., 5 by 4 ½ in.

     

  • On the Thames at Battersea -
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    Signed lower right and inscribed lower left: At Battersea

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    18.9 by 25.3 cm., 7 ¼ by 9 ¾ in.

  • Study of a Barn -
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  • An Alleyway -
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    Signed lower right

    Black and white chalk on brown laid paper

    22.8 by 18.4 cm., 9 by 7 ¼ in.

  • Bognor, Sussex -
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    Signed lower right: J. Linnell/Bognor

    Pencil

    12.1 by 19.3 cm., 4 ¾ by 7 ½ in.

     

  • Study of a Farmstead -
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    Signed with initials lower right

    Black chalk on grey paper

    10.3 by 30 cm., 4 by 11 ¾ in
  • Trees at North End of Hampstead -
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    Signed lower right: North End Hampstead J. Linnell….1825

    Pencil on buff paper

    Sheet 36.8 by 54.9 cm., 14 ½ by 21 ½ in.

     

    Linnell rented Collins’s Farm, North End, Hampstead from 1823 until 1828 when he moved to Bayswater.

  • The Harbour Wall, Southampton -
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    Signed lower right, inscribed in another hand: Wall of Southampton 1819 and numbered 18 upper right

    With a drawing of a head verso

    Pencil on laid paper

    28.3 by 42.6 cm., 11 by 16 ¾ in.

     

    Linnell visited Southampton in late August 1819 at the invitation of the engraver D.C. Read.

  • A Valley, North Wales -
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    Signed lower left: N.W. J Linnell/’13

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    11.3 by 17.3 cm., 4 ½ by 6 ¾ in.

  • Cattle on a Country Road -
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    Signed lower left

    Watercolour over pencil

    14.8 by 21.6 cm., 6 by 8 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With the Fine Art Society, London, April 1963;

    Private Collection, UK

  • A Corner of a Yard -
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    Inscribed lower left: Drawn about 1805 and lower right: approved by B. West

    Black and white chalk on blue paper

    12.4 by 16.3 cm., 4 ¾ by 6 ¼ in.

  • Finchley Common, Middlesex -
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    Signed lower right: Finchley common 1805? J. Linnell
    Black and white chalk on blue paper 
    23.2 by 33 cm., 9 by 13 in.

     

    Provenance:

    with Colnaghi's, London;
    George Goyder, Esq., C.B.E., his sale Christie's, London, 12 November 1997, lot 56;
    with Spink-Leger, London;

    Private Collection, London

     

    Exhibited:

    Reigate, Centenary Exhibition: Samuel Palmer and John Linnell, July-August 1963, no. 28;

    London, Spink-Leger, Feeling through the Eye – The `new’ Landscape in Britain 1800-1830, March to April 2000, no.43

     

     

    Finchley Common existed until 1816 when it was divided up and sold to individuals. It was the border between the parishes of Finchley, Friern Barnet and Hornsey. In 1805, the campaign for enclosure had just started and would have been an attractive natural environment near London for Linnell to sketch.

     

    In 1805, Linnell was only 13 and already a talented draughtsman (see Introduction). Many of Linnell’s work was signed, inscribed and dated later, hence the question mark after 1805. Stylistically the drawing certainly dates from this period when he was living in Bloomsbury.

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