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Lot No.
JOHN LINNELL (1792-1882)
By a River
signed 'J. Linnell' (lower left)
pencil, sepia ink and watercolour
5 1/4 x 7 1/2 in  (13.9 x 19.1cm)

Dateable to c.1829

This drawing relates closely to a slightly larger pen, ink and wash variant of the same subject, which was sold at Christie's London, lot 95, Nov 16th 2006. Both studies display a view of the river from an identical viewpoint. In the Brightwells example however, the artist has added considerably more colour into the composition.

Both drawings appear to be a studies for a larger oil painting on panel by the artist (dateable to 1830) which was sold at Sotheby's 17th July 1977, lot 49. On a page of Linnell's Journal (British Museum) dated 1829, there is a rough sketch by the artist of that work titled as 'A Village near a River-Showery Weather'. Linnell may  have painted a duplicate version of the oil painting as another pen and ink sketch by him of the same subject appears on another page in the Journal (dated 1830) inscribed 'Duplicate of Village near a River'.

The Brightwells example can also also be compared on stylistic grounds with another watercolour by the artist which was once owned by Sir William Agnew Bt. That work titled 'An angler by a river at Sunset', was sold at Christie's South Kensington, London, December 8th 2011, lot 396
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