LINTON, William

1791 - 1876

William Linton

Born at Liverpool on 22 April and baptised at Renshaw Street Presbyterian Chapel (formerly in Benns Gardens), Liverpool on 6 May 1791, son of William Linton and his wife Sarah. Educated at Windermere and at the age of 16 apprenticed to a Liverpool merchant, taking opportunities to visit North Wales and the Lake District to sketch. He then came to London where he first exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the British Institute in 1817 and he assisted in founding the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street in 1824 and was its President in 1837. He toured Italy for eighteen months from 1828. He married at Kidford, Sussex on 27 October 1831, Julia Adelina Eaton Swettenham (1806–1867), a niece to the Countess of Winterton and in 1851 a 59 year old artist painter living at Lodge Place, Marylebone, London with his 45 year old wife Julia. In 1840 he travelled through Italy, Sicily, Calabria and Greece and the drawings from this tour were exhibited at the New Society of Painters in Water Colours and he published ‘Sketches in Italy 1828-1829'(London,1832) and other works. He painted landscapes, classical and religious compositions and worked up his Italian and Greek sketches for many years after his visit. He exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] in Ipswich 1850 'Oberwesel, on the Rhine'. He died at Marylebone, London in December 1876, aged 85. His remaining works were sold at Sotheby's on 15 February 1877.

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