Quote - Early Life


First commissions

"At this period 1802-4 I was the constant companion of Boys in the neighbourhood in all their games. I made Drawings for their kites for which I got well paid considering the state of the arts then. (Three pence for a star - or Turkís Cup so that even sixpence was sometimes earned upon a single kite) My first efforts in oil were copies from G. Morland and so successful were they considered that one small picture of pigs - only the second or third attempt was sold by Auction for 2.10.0 and two other larger were sold to a private customer of my Father for £20. I sometimes allowed my playmates to peer in at the window of my painting room which was a small parlour. They were however incredulous."

John Linnellís Autobiographical notes, f.4


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