JOHN LINNELL | The Cattle Pond
6,000 - 8,000 GBP
London 1792 - 1882 Redhill
THE CATTLE POND
signed and dated lower right: J Linnell / 1874
oil on canvas
unframed: 71 x 98.9 cm.; 28 x 39 in.
framed: 90 x 117 cm.; 35½ x 46⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface has a very slightly discoloured varnish. There are scattered, discoloured retouchings visible in the clouds. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of retouching. The first fluoresces lightly and consists of the aforementioned retouchings in the clouds, including to a more concentrated area centre right measuring approx. 5 x 25 cm. The second campaign fluoresces darkly and consists of scattered spots in the foreground, pin-prick spots and fine lines to reduce the appearance of craquelure in the sky, and two to more concentrated areas: one a spot approx. 1 x 1.5 cm. in the upper left sky, and the other a repaired damage upper right measuring approx. 15 x 3 cm. None of these impede the legibility of the image which is ready to hang.
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Acquired from the artist by Edward Fox White.
D. Linnell, Blake, Palmer, Linnell and Co.: The Life of John Linnell, Leicester 1994, p. 372.
Linnell began The Cattle Pond on 28 September 1873 and worked on it again during October. He finished the painting in January 1874. On one of his regular visits to Redhill the following month, Edward Fox White saw the picture and agreed to buy it. Linnell's journal entry for 8 February 1874 reads 'Mr White agreed for the purchase of 4 kitcats viz Cattle pond, Cloud, Sand Pits & Cornfield'. The present composition appears to relate to a drawing on p. 190 of Linnell's sketch book.