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Linley was an author and musical composer, son of Thomas Linley and brother of Elizabeth Linley, later Mrs Sheridan. As a boy, he attended the same private school in Bath as Thomas Lawrence. Linley spent some years in Madras employed as a writer by the East India Company. He then settled in London and devoted himself to musical composition. His chief work was a collection of Shakespeare’s dramatic lyrics with music by Purcell and others.
oil on canvas
H 74.4 x W 60.8 cm
BATVG : P : 1947.78
gift from Miss D. E. Bushby, 1947