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
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 2
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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
ca. 1761-1762 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This design is one of several designs for the same sofas for the 1st Baron Scarsdale at Kedleston Hall. The sofas took three years to make and arrived in 1765.

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
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Ink, pencil and watercolour
Brief Description
Sketch of the large pair of sofas for Kedleston Hall; John Linnell, ca. 1761-1762.
Physical Description
A sketch of the large pair of sofas made for Kedleston Hall. It is upholstered in red. Five bolster cushions are placed on the sofa. At either end are merfolk supports. The left support is a mermaid playing a harp made out of a shell. The support features a merman playing a horn made out of a shell. The other legs feature fish. Above the sofa a large mirror, about the length of the sofa, is sketched in.
Dimensions
  • Height: 287mm
  • Width: 42cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'Plate [illegible]'
Object history
This design is one of several designs for the same sofas for the 1st Baron Scarsdale at Kedleston Hall. The sofas took three years to make and arrived in 1765.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
This design is one of several designs for the same sofas for the 1st Baron Scarsdale at Kedleston Hall. The sofas took three years to make and arrived in 1765.



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.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • Helena Hayward and Pat Kirkham,William and John Linnell: eighteenth century London furniture makers (London, ca. 1980), pp. 123 (v2), 21, 111 (v1).
  • 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.131-1929

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