John LinnellStudy from Nature: At Twickenham 1806

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Artist
John Linnell (1792‑1882)
Title
Study from Nature: At Twickenham
Date 1806
MediumOil paint on board
Dimensionssupport: 165 x 254 mm frame: 305 x 392 x 38 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1967
Reference
T00934

Summary

From around 1804 to1806 Linnell was the pupil and apprentice of the landscape painter John Varley (1778–1842), an influential teacher and central figure in the development of landscape painting in England in the early nineteenth century. Linnell had met Varley’s brother William while drawing at Christie’s saleroom, and on meeting John Varley had impressed him with his talent. Linnell, then thirteen years old, persuaded his father, for whom he had been earning money by copying paintings by George Morland (1763–1804), to let him join Varley’s ‘Academy’, living with John and his brother Cornelius, also a painter, in Broad Street, Golden Square, Soho, central London.

Varley encouraged his students to sketch directly from nature in the open air; his much-quoted motto was ‘Go to Nature for everything’, and as Linnell’s biographer records, ‘henceforth Linnell adopted it as his own. In order the better to enable his pupils to carry out his advice, in the summer Varley took a house at Twickenham near to the river, and sent them out into the highways and byways to make such transcripts as they could’(Story, p.25)… (read more)

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