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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:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink, pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.132-1929

  • 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

Sketch of a pier glass and sofa. The two halves of the sofa feature different carving; one features vitruvian scrolls, the other scrolls. The wall behind is sketched in. The pier glass is large and rectangular. It features different designs either side. The crest also features two different designs. On the left is a large bird with lifted wings. The right features a sphinx. In the centre is a large urn finial with laurel festoons.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

late 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Ink, pencil and watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 292 mm, Width: 191 mm

Descriptive line

A design for a pier glass and sofa; John Linnell, late 18th century.

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

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

Urn; Scrolls (motifs); Vitruvian scrolls; Sphinx; Pier glass; Bird; Sofa

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Furniture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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