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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.

May 2007