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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
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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. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink, pencil and red and yellow watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.141-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 8, box C6

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

Design for a sofa upholstered in red damask. The two halves of the design feature different suggestions for the carving. The left side features vitruvian scrolls, two different legs and a range of options for the top of the leg. The right side features fluting and two different legs. There is a scallop shell finial.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1770 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Ink, pencil and red and yellow watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 225 mm, Width: 370 mm

Descriptive line

Design for a sofa with red upholstery and scallop shell finial; John Linnell, ca. 1770.

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. 129 [wrongly refers to upholstery as blue] (v2), 127 (v1).
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

Vitruvian scrolls; Carving; Sofa; Scallop shell

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Furniture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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