James Thomas Linnell (Hampstead 1820 - Redhill 1905)

A Copse of Trees Sold

Watercolour, over a pencil underdrawing, on buff paper.
A study of trees in pastel and watercolour on the verso.
Inscribed by the artist very warm light blue in pencil at the upper centre of the sheet.
Further inscribed Bec / No.7 at the lower left, and with the Colnaghi stock number A.19811 at the lower right.
363 x 502 mm. [sheet]



Many of James Thomas Linnell’s landscapes were painted in and around the Redstone estate at Redhill, near Reigate in Surrey, which his father John Linnell had acquired in 1851 and where all the members of the family lived. Writing in 1872, one critic noted that ‘James Thomas Linnell...is entitled to share with his brother William the estimation in which their pictures are held by the amateur and collector, sometimes rivalling even those of his father...It is so rare an occurrence to find a picture by any one of the Linnell family bearing the distinctive title of the place represented, that one would naturally be led to suppose the compositions are merely imaginary; but this, as a rule, is far from the case. Surrey, and the wealds of Sussex, supply the artists with the ground-work of most of their beautiful compositions, and the localities may generally be recognized by those who are well acquainted with them.’

E. Kinsley
Purchased from him on 11 December 1953 for £4 by P. & D. Colnaghi, London (as John Linnell)
Sold by them for £12 to Col. K. R. Palmer on 26 February 1954 (as John Linnell)
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 16 December 1980, lot 92.

James Thomas LINNELL

A Copse of Trees


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