A study for 'Windsor Forest", ca. 1817
John Linnell (1792 - 1882)
RA Collection: Art
A pencil study for 'Windsor Forest' which Linnell began painting in 1817 for a Mr Vines (now in a private collection). The painting was first exhibited at the Society of Painters in Oil and Water-Colours in 1819. It was retouched later in 1823 and 1830 when exhibited at the the British Institution and the Manchester Academy respectively. Linnell painted the same subject again in 1863 but with a different composition.
This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.
E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.
Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.
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