Underriver–The Golden Valley

John Linnell British

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While working as a successful portraitist, Linnell produced evocative landscapes for his own pleasure. Between 1825 and 1835 he was close to "The Ancients," a visionary group led by Samuel Palmer—Linnell’s protégé and later his son-in-law. The two often sketched together, and the present work was likely made during a summer visit to Palmer’s home at Shoreham in Kent. Setting aside his typically careful draftsmanship, Linnell adopted Palmer’s flamboyant cursive pen-and-ink style to evoke the rolling fields and hedgerows of the Weald of Kent. Cottage roofs that peek through trees at the base of the foreground hill belong to the village of Underriver. Striking shifts of scale and expressive penwork convey an almost pantheistic response to the English countryside.

Underriver–The Golden Valley, John Linnell (British, London 1792–1882 Redhill, Surrey), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over graphite

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