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Sir David Wilkie

(1785-1841), Painter

Sitter in 21 portraits
Artist associated with 16 portraits
A pioneering genre painter and an original portraitist, Wilkie's scenes of Scottish peasant life won him much attention when he moved from Edinburgh to London in 1805. He was the friend of B.R. Haydon with whom he visited France 1814. Patronised by the Prince Regent he was made painter to King William IV who knighted him in 1836. His death on his way home from India in 1841 was commemorated by Turner's painting, Burial at Sea.

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Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by Sir David Wilkie - NPG 2936

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by Sir David Wilkie
oil on panel, 1823
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2936

King William IV, by Sir David Wilkie - NPG 5917

King William IV

by Sir David Wilkie
oil on canvas, 1837
On display at Kensington Palace, London
NPG 5917

Queen Victoria, by Sir David Wilkie - NPG 1297

Queen Victoria

by Sir David Wilkie
pen and ink and watercolour, circa 1840
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1297

Benjamin Robert Haydon, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D22577

Benjamin Robert Haydon

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Sir David Wilkie
etching, (1815)
NPG D22577

'The Abbotsford family' (Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt), by William Greatbach, published by  George Virtue, after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D40615

'The Abbotsford family' (Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt)

by William Greatbach, published by George Virtue, after Sir David Wilkie
line engraving, (1817)
NPG D40615

Louis Jacques ('The Wonderful French Giant'), by Richard Dighton, published by  George Humphrey, reissued by  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D47089

Louis Jacques ('The Wonderful French Giant')

by Richard Dighton, published by George Humphrey, reissued by Sir David Wilkie
hand-coloured etching, published 15 January 1822
NPG D47089

Dugald Stewart, by Samuel Cousins, after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D42140

Dugald Stewart

by Samuel Cousins, after Sir David Wilkie
stipple engraving, (1824)
NPG D42140

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt, by Edward A. Smith, published by  Moon, Boys & Graves, after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D40614

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by Edward A. Smith, published by Moon, Boys & Graves, after Sir David Wilkie
line engraving, published 4 June 1831 (1824)
NPG D40614

'The Abbotsford family' (Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt), by Robert Graves, published by  Hodgson & Graves, after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D40616

'The Abbotsford family' (Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt)

by Robert Graves, published by Hodgson & Graves, after Sir David Wilkie
line engraving, published 1 June 1837 (1817)
NPG D40616

'The Death of the Red Deer', by Peter Lightfoot, after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D40617

'The Death of the Red Deer'

by Peter Lightfoot, after Sir David Wilkie
line engraving, 1843
NPG D40617

Sir David Wilkie, by Sir George Scharf, after  Sir David Wilkie - NPG D151

Sir David Wilkie

by Sir George Scharf, after Sir David Wilkie
pencil on tracing paper, 1859
NPG D151

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