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. thumbnail 1
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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.

Drawing
c. 1765 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.


Object details
Category
Object type
Materials and techniques
Ink, pencil, red, yellow and black watercolour
Brief description
Design for a state bed, upholstered in red damask; John Linnell
Physical description
Upholstered in red damask, this design for a state bed is exceedingly elaborate. Two kissing figures sit on top of the tester. The carving at the foot of the bed features an earl's coronet. The top of the bed posts feature half-figures with plumes of foliage and kissing birds above their heads. The headboard is solely carved, with a Roman-style portrait of a woman in the centre.



The design features different carving either side on the bed posts and the base moulding, offering different options for the client.
Dimensions
  • Mount height: 53.3mm
  • Mount width: 38mm
  • Design height: 30.2mm
  • Design width: 23.2mm
Style
Marks and inscriptions
'Plate Do. 1'
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic references
  • Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham,William and John Linnell; eighteenth century London furniture makers (London, ca. 1980), pp. 21 (v1), 5 (v2).
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
Collection
Accession number
E.145-1929

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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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