John Linnell

At Under River near Sevenoaks

c.1833

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 327 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1970
Reference
T01214

Display caption

Under River is a hamlet lying below River Hill, south of Sevenoaks in Kent and a few miles from Shoreham. Linnell visited Samuel Palmer at Shoreham on several occasions in the late 1820s and early 1830s and commissioned a number of works from him. Linnell's own drawing style at this time reflects the work Palmer was doing around 1828. A drawing by Palmer of almost the same view as this one by Linnell is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

John Linnell 1792–1882

T01214 At Under River near Sevenoaks circa 1833

Not inscribed.
Pen and wash over pencil, 8¼ x 12¿ (21 x 32.7).
Watermarked ‘PINE SMITH & ALLNUTT 1816’.
Purchased at Sotheby’s (Gytha Trust) 1970.
Coll: ...; sold Hodgson’s, 2 June 1955 (271), bt. L.G.Duke, sold Sotheby’s, 21 May 1970 (97, repr.), bt. Agnew’s for the Tate Gallery.
Exh: Samuel Palmer and his circle, Arts Council tour 1956–7 (114); Samuel Palmer, John Linnell, Reigate 1963 (38).
Lit: Martin Hardie, Water-colour Painting in Britain, 11, 1967, repr. pl. 158.

Under River is a hamlet lying below River Hill, south of Sevenoaks and a few miles from Shoreham. Linnell first visited Palmer at Shoreham in the summer of 1828 but this drawing probably dates from 1833, being close in character to a drawing of ‘The Weald of Kent’ which bears that date (L.G.Duke sale, Sotheby’s 21 May 1970 (98, repr.)). These two drawings, and one in the collection of Mrs W.Spooner entitled ‘The Weald of Kent: View from Poll Hill’, bear some resemblance to Palmer’s Shoreham drawings of about 1828, a number of which were commissioned by Linnell. A drawing by Palmer of almost the same view as T01214 is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (E454-1953; repr. Geoffrey Grigson, English Drawing, 1955, pl. 116).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.

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