John Linnell

Landscape(‘The Windmill’)

1844–5, exhibited 1845

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 381 x 457 mm
frame: 770 x 783 x 61 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00439

Display caption

Linnell was one of the nineteenth century’s wealthiest landscape artists. From the late 1840s he exclusively painted landscapes and, never venturing far from Surrey where he lived from 1851, he was described by Constable as ‘a stay-at-home painter’.Windmills were an important motif in Linnell’s oil paintings, and this scene may have been painted on Hampstead Heath. Like Constable, he probably would have sometimes worked outside, though not necessarily on this picture.

Gallery label, May 2007

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