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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 red and yellow watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.130-1929

  • 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, with a putti finial. A carved festoon is draped over the shoulders of the putti and loops over the scroll carving on the back of the sofa. The arms also feature scroll carving.

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 red and yellow watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'Plate 6 [No] 1'

Dimensions

Height: 125 mm, Width: 196 mm

Descriptive line

Design for a sofa upholstered in red damask, with a putti finial; 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

Laurel swags; Sofa; Putti

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Furniture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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