T03269 PORTRAIT STUDY OF MRS ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 1814
Inscribed in pencil ‘J. Linnell. 1814.’ bottom centre and ‘Mrs Phillips wife of the/Chana [sic] man in Oxford St/next to Pantheon’ bottom right
Verso: slight pencil sketch of sitter's face
Pencil on paper, 11 7/8 × 9 1/2 (30.2 × 24.1)
Purchased from A. Buckland Kent (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Prov: As for T03117.
This is a study of one of Linnell's ‘Baptist sisters’; in 1814, both Linnell and Mrs Phillips were members of the Keppel Street Baptist Chapel. Born in Lincolnshire on 3 December 1752, Elizabeth Phillips had been brought up as a Methodist, but was ‘baptized’ in 1781 and became a member of the Baptist congregation which met first in Grafton Street and later in Keppel Street, Bloomsbury, under the Rev. John Martin, whose portrait Linnell painted in 1812. Her husband George Phillips, a member and eventually a deacon of the same chapel, carried on a business as ‘China and glassman’ at 358–359 Oxford Street, next to the Pantheon (see below)…