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John Linnell, 1792–1882
Hanson Toot, View in Dovedale
Former Title(s):
Hanson Toot
1815, reworked, 1846, 1854, and 1870
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
24 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches (62.2 x 90.2 cm)

Signed and dated, lower right: "JLinnel. | 1846.54 | - [...]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
agriculture | boy | buildings | children | cottages | cows | farming | girl | hills | landscape | livestock | mountains | path | paths | road | rural | sheep | stone | stonework | wall | women
Associated Places:
Derbyshire | England | Europe | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Hanson Toot is a small mountain is Dovedale, Derbyshire, which received brief mention in Isaac Walton’s classic book on fishing, The Compleat Angler (1653). In 1814 a young John Linnell was commissioned by Samuel Bagster, a Baptist publisher, to make an illustrated edition of Walton’s Angler, and he set off to tour the sites mentioned in the book. From the drawings and oil studies in Dovedale (one of which is shown elsewhere on this floor), Linnell made landscape paintings for exhibition that sold to a new clientele of urban professionals and, increasingly, new industrialists. This elegiac view of Hanson Toot was made in 1815 but retouched by Linnell each time it changed hands in 1846, 1854, and finally in 1870.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

English Romanticism (Center Gallery, Bucknell University, 1990-02-24 - 1990-04-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, p. 148, 149, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Evan R. Firestone, John Linnell, English Artist: Works, Patrons, and Dealers [PhD Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin ], ProQuest, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1971, p. x, 87, No. 58, Film B98 YCBA [ORBIS]

David Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell & Co. : The Life of John Linnell, Book Guild, Sussex, 1994, p. 357, No. 43, NJ18 L658 L55 1994 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 47 (v.1), no. 171, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Alfred Thomas Story, Life of John Linnell, Richard Bentley and Son, London, 1892, p. 97 (vol. 1), 261(vol.2), NJ18 L658 S76 1892 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965, , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, p. 34 (v.1), no. 122, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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