Catalogue entry

John Linnell 1792–1882

T00934 Study from Nature: At Twickenham 1806

Inscribed on reverse, ‘By J Linnell 1806 at Twickenham’.
Oil on millboard, 6½ x 10 (16.5 x 25.5).
Purchased from Mrs Patricia Linnell (Grant-in-Aid) 1967.
Coll: By descent to Mrs Patricia Linnell.

This study was painted at Twickenham, Middlesex, while Linnell was a pupil of John Varley. According to Linnell’s biographer Alfred T Story, ‘Varley’s motto was “Go to Nature for everything”, and henceforth Linnell adopted it as his own. In order the better to enable his pupils to carry out his advice, Varley in the summer 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’. Many of these oil sketches were done in the company of Linnell’s fellow pupil, William Henry (‘Birdsnest’) Hunt. (Story, The Life of John Linnell, 1892, l, pp. 25–6).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.