John Linnell (1792-1882)

Portrait of Fanny Sheppard playing the guitar



Signed and inscribed l.r.: Miss Fanny Sheppard/J.Linnell fo./The Ridge Isley/Glostershr../Miss Fanny Sheppard, pencil and white and red chalks on grey paper

27.8 x 38.3 cm

A gift from the artist to the sitter

‘John Linnell, Truth to Nature: A Centennial Exhibition’, Martyn Gregory, London and New York, 1982-3, no. 78

A.T. Story, ‘The Life of John Linnell’, 1892, vol. 2, p. 257 (recorded in a list of his portrait drawings)

Linnell’s Portrait Sketchbook records a painting in oil on panel of this sitter in 1824 but a sketch of the painting shows that this drawing is not related to it. This drawing was made in 1825 when Linnell was employed to paint portraits of Fanny’s sister Caroline, and her brother, Edward, at their home in Isley, Gloucestershire. There are several references in Linnell’s Journal of 1825-7 of Miss Fanny Sheppard’s coming to watch Linnell paint in his London studio, and Linnell engraved portraits by Caroline Sheppard of the Rev. Rowland Hill (1827) and the Rev. William Marsh MA (1831). This drawing is the only known portrait given by Linnell to the sitter.