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Creator:
John Linnell, 1792–1882, British
Title:

Miss Puxley [1826, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

Date:
1826
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 × 28 inches (91.4 × 71.1 cm) and 43 × 36 × 3 1/2 inches (109.2 × 91.4 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2016.23.2
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:73298
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During the 1820s, John Linnell relied on society portraiture to provide and income to support his growing family. He later recalled that he had painted portraits to live but lived to paint poetical landscapes. In 1826 he was commissioned by the copper magnate John Lavallin Puxley of Dunboy Castle, County Cork, Ireland, to paint pendant portraits of two of his daughters for the fee of 75 guineas each. They were exhibited with the Royal Academy in 1826. Linnell depicts the sisters as fashionably dressed young women framed by classical architecture; yet, unsurprisingly, he devotes a lavish attention to the landscapes behind the sitters. Painted in a freer manner, with the greens and blues of earth and sky extending into the distance with dramatic chiaroscuro, Linnell's treatment of these landscapes stands in stark contrast to his handling of the sisters and the shallow spaces they occupy.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

David Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell & Co. : The Life of John Linnell, Book Guild, Sussex, 1994, p. 99, 102, NJ18 L658 L55 1994 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1826 : the Fifty-Eigth, , , London, p. 15, No. 58, N5054 A53 50-64 (LC) [ORBIS]


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