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William Blake


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


miniature (painting)


Date by Bindman, see 'notes'.






watercolour; medium
ivory; support


watercolour on ivory


height, 133, mm
width, 106, mm


bequeathed; 1950; Riches, Thomas Henry


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)


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).


A Loan Exhibition of Drawings, Watercolours & Paintings by John Linnell & his Circle. 1973-01-10 - 1973-02-02
Venue: P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. Ltd, London
Catalogue number: 107

John Linnell, a centennial exhibition. 1982-10-05 - 1982-12-12
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Catalogue number: 78

Works by William Blake. 1913-10 - 1913-12
Venue: Tate Gallery, London
Catalogue number: 111

Works by William Blake (Whitworth). 1914-02 - 1914-03
Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Catalogue number: 140

Works by William Blake (Nottingham). 1914-04
Venue: Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham
Catalogue number: 126

Works by William Blake and David Scott. 1914-05 - 1914-07
Venue: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Catalogue number: 124

(Royal Academy, 1883). 1883
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, London
Catalogue number: 102-7?

William Blake (1970). 1970
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Catalogue number: 49

William Blake and the Book of Job. 1998-06-14 - 1998-10-25
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Catalogue number: 1


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

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


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


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