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The bird catcher - A scene from Nature

retouched 1859 1814


John Linnell


16 Jun 1792 - 20 Jan 1882


Other Title

The birdcatchers Bayswater 40 Years Ago Bayswater 1814


retouched 1859 1814

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


93.8 x 127.3 cm stretcher; 127.2 x 162.5 x 9.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated, "J Linnell 14 ret'59".


Purchased 1891


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Linnell

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Thomas, England, Linnell at one time exchanged the painting with Thomas for one of Ham-House.

P & D Colnaghi and Co, 1845, London/England

Hatten, post 1859, England, Repainted for Hatten in 1859.

Charles P. Matthews, pre 06 Jun 1891, London/England, sold at Christie's sale 6 June 1891 lot no. 82 as 'Bayswater forty years ago 1814-1859'.

Christie's London, 06 Jun 1891, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Christie's London, 6 June 1891, lot no. 82, through Messrs Vokins

Referenced in 4 publications


Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 114, illus p 114.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 125, no 1355.

A.T. Story, Life of John Linnell, 1892, pp 87, 260.

Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 1.9.1891-4.5.1898, Sydney, 1891-1898, p 9 (6 Oct 1891). "The Trustees regret for example that the specimen of “Linnell” painted at the age of 22 is not a representative picture of that artist’s in the days of his well merited reputation many years subsequent to that date."