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Title:

William Blake

Maker:

Linnell, John; miniaturist; British artist, 1792-1882

Category:

miniature (painting)

Date:

1821
Date by Bindman, see 'notes'.

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
ivory; support

Technique
Description:

watercolour on ivory

Dimension(s):

height, 133, mm
width, 106, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1950; Riches, Thomas Henry

Provenance:

John Linnell (d. 1882); the Linnell Trustees; Linnell Sale, Christie's, 15 March, 1918 (part of lot 169); bt. by Messrs Carfax for T.H. Riches (85 gns)

Notes:

There is a watercolour copy of this miniature by John Linnell in the National Portrait Gallery (no. 2146). It is signed and dated 1861 and inscribed "Fac Simile of a Portrait on Ivory painted from life by John Linnell 1821". Engraved by T.H. Jeens from a copy by J. Linnell Snr., and used as a frontispiece to Gilchrist 'Life of Blake', 1863. The engraving dates the miniature 1827, but this is seen by Bindman as a misreading of 1821. Also reproduced as frontispiece to A.T. Story, 'The Life of John Linnell', 1892; and to Keynes, 'Letters', 1956.

Acquisition Credit:

Bequeathed 1935, with a life interest to his widow (d. 1950).

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Bayne-Powell, Robert Lane. 1985. Catalogue of Portrait Miniatures in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 152-3
Reproduced.

Bindman, David. 1970. William Blake: catalogue of the Blake collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): W. Heffer and Sons Ltd.p. 56
No. 49, pl. 66.

Woudhuysen, P.. 1982. Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Pressp. 88

Keynes, Geoffrey. 1921. A Bibliography of William Blake.New York: p. 480
No. 4.

Story, A. T.. 1893. William Blake: His Life, Character and Genius.
Illus. as frontispiece.

Keynes, Geoffrey. 1977. The Complete Portraiture of William and Catherine Blake.London?: p. 135/6
Plate 26.

Related Object:

P.11871-R; William Blake

Accession:

Object Number: PD.61-1950
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 11967; input: 2000-09-07; modified: 2012-04-20)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/11967





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