The Beach at Lytham painted in 1844. Gift from Henry Talbot de Vere Clifton (1907-1979).

The artist, John Linnell, (1792-1882) was son of a carver and engraver.

Showing early promise he entered The Royal Academy at 14. An engraver, portraitist and one of the greatest of English landscape artist his work was much in demand and he became very wealthy.

This beautiful watercolour, painted in 1844, is impressionistic in technique and the figures are secondary to the grandeur of the scene.