William Linley (1771-1835) was one of 7 musical siblings born to
Thomas Linley the elderand his wife Mary Johnson.
He joined the
British East India Companyand was in India 1790-5 and 1800-5, holding a writership at their College in Madras. He retired from the company in 1810 and devoted himself to singing, composing glees and songs and writing literature. He bequeathed his collection of family portraits to Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The Linley portrait collection
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