John Trimnell (baptised 1815–1888) Furrier

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John Trimnell was a school friend of the artist. He was born in London, baptised in 1815, and followed his father Edward Trimnell into the fur business in the 1840s and worked with him and his brother-in-law William John Back, as Back & Trimnell of Regent Street. Smith stayed with Trimnell for a short period after the former's return from Italy in 1849; this portrait was executed during this time. John married Louisa Ganthony in 1851 and they had two children, Florence and Winnard Stuart, and the latter's middle name was probably in honour of the artist. John continued to work as a furrier until the 1860s and died in 1888.

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John Trimnell (baptised 1815–1888) Furrier




watercolour on paper


H 37.8 x W 27.5 cm

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bequeathed by the artist, 1869

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