Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a young child with an apple 1822

John Linnell 

Portrait of a young child with an apple, John Linnell
Oil on Panel
19th Century
8 x 6 1/4 inches 20.5 x 16 cm
This small portrait of a child -indistinguishably a girl or a boy from the custom of dressing children alike until breaching- belongs to the most successful period of Linnell''s portraiture. It is not, however, a grand, Laurentian image, but a precursor of the informal images of childhood that would become increasingly popular as the century drew on, both in portraits and in genre. The prospect behind gives a hint of the genius for landscape for which John Linnell is best known by posterity.
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