Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Drawing - A Miscellaneous Collection of Original Designs, made, and for the most part executed, during an extensive Practice of many years in the first line of his Profession, by John Linnell, Upholsterer Carver & Cabinet Maker. Selected from his Portfolio's at his Decease, by C. H. Tatham Architect. AD 1800.
  • A Miscellaneous Collection of Original Designs, made, and for the most part executed, during an extensive Practice of many years in the first line of his Profession, by John Linnell, Upholsterer Carver & Cabinet Maker. Selected from his Portfolio's at his Decease, by C. H. Tatham Architect. AD 1800.
    Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796
  • Enlarge image

A Miscellaneous Collection of Original Designs, made, and for the most part executed, during an extensive Practice of many years in the first line of his Profession, by John Linnell, Upholsterer Carver & Cabinet Maker. Selected from his Portfolio's at his Decease, by C. H. Tatham Architect. AD 1800.

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink, pencil, yellow and blue watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.148-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 8, box C7

John Linnell (1729-1796) was the son of the famous furniture maker William Linnell (ca. 1703-1763). Unlike most furniture makers, John Linnell gained a design education at the St. Martin's Lane Academy, which was founded by William Hogarth in 1735. In 1750, aged 21, he joined his father's firm as a designer. On his father's death in 1763, John Linnell took over the family firm. During his lifetime John Linnell produced high quality furniture, which rivalled that of other leading furniture makers such as Thomas Chippendale, John Cobb and William Ince and John Mayhew.

Physical description

A design for a state bed, upholstered in blue with a gold frame. Carved busts at the foot of the bed have curtains draped around them. The carving on the valance features egg and dart. Putti and scrolls feature on the headboard. The tester features two vase finials and in the centre, two putti, one lying down, the other holding up a torch.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Ink, pencil, yellow and blue watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'Plate [illegible] Do 2'

Dimensions

Height: 53.3 mm mount, Width: 38 mm mount, Height: 22.2 cm design, Width: 17.6 cm design

Descriptive line

Design for a state bed upholstered in blue, with a tester topped by a putti holding a torch; John Linnell.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham,William and John Linnell; eighteenth century London furniture makers (London, ca. 1980), pp. 21, 76, 79 (v1), 3 (v2).
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Egg and dart; Vase; Torch; State bed; Putti; Scrolls (motifs)

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.