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John Linnell, 1792–1882

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Former Title(s):

Landscape with Family Group (Possibly The Rest on the Flight into Egypt)

ca. 1827
Oil on panel
7 13/16 x 10 1/2 inches (19.8 x 26.7 cm), Frame: 11 × 13 1/2 inches (27.9 × 34.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal | autumn | baby | brown | cane | children | donkey | dry | family | father | house | landscape | man | mother | travel | trees | woman
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

John Linnell was Samuel Palmer’s father-in-law, and while the two had much in common, there were also deep differences. Palmer was a Tory and High Church Anglican. Linnell was radical in politics and a fervent Baptist. Both, however, used representations of the English countryside to articulate religious and political beliefs. In this small landscape, Linnell transposes the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt to an English woodland.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [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. 150, 151, 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. 118, 119, 176, Film B98 YCBA [ORBIS]

David Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell & Co. : The Life of John Linnell, Book Guild, Sussex, 1994, p. 212, NJ18 L658 L55 1994 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Power & Poetry : The Art of John Linnell, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008, p. 18, NJ18 L658 A12 2008 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Royal Academy - Winter Exhibition (Fourth Notice), Athenaeum, , January 27, 1883, p. 126, A88 +At421 (SLL) Also available online at British Periodicals Collection [ORBIS]

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