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John Linnell
(b London, 16 June 1792; d Redhill, Surrey, 20 Jan. 1882). English painter. He made his reputation and his fortune as a fashionable portraitist, but was devoted to landscape painting. His wealth enabled him to patronize William Blake, and some of his early landscapes are touched with the visionary quality of the master and of Samuel Palmer, who married Linnell's daughter in 1837. Initially Palmer regarded Linnell as ‘a good angel from Heaven’ (he was helped by him early in his career), but their relationship became strained.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)