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Linton- Life in the Collections

William Fowler Hopson:

19) Side Lights on William James Linton, 1812-97 (reprinted for private circulation from the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Vol. XXVII).

New York 1933

The biographic account comes from a devotee of Linton. William Fowler Hopson was a painter, engraver and illustrator himself and had lived nearby Hamden /CT. He refers to Linton as “one of the most interesting, many-sided characters of his day and generation (...) and no less prolific and pronounced than his great forerunners, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dürer. I am not seeking to place Linton on a pedestal beside these great ones of the art world – he would not have wished it himself; but the time will surely come when this not unfair likeness as regards accomplishment will be appreciated, and some writer, sensing the fact, will produce a monograph rich in interest, charm and art value.” The time would not come. Quite to the contrary, the following decades would witness Linton’s rapid fall into oblivion.