Sir David Wilkie

Sir David Wilkie, by Sir David Wilkie, 1813 - NPG 53 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir David Wilkie

by Sir David Wilkie
oil on panel, 1813
5 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (143 mm x 98 mm)
Purchased, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 53

Sitterback to top

  • Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Painter. Sitter in 21 portraits, Artist associated with 16 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.

This portraitback to top

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 Benjamin Robert Haydon with whom he visited France in 1814. Wilkie was patronised by the Prince Regent and later made painter to King William IV who knighted him in 1836. His death on his way home from Egypt in 1841 was commemorated by J.M.W. Turner in his painting Burial at Sea. This self-portrait was painted for his brother John and sent out to him in India together with other family portraits.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 662
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 558
  • Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 79

Events of 1813back to top

Current affairs

Machine breaking Luddite Riots end with seventeen executions in York. Radical John Cartwright's subsequent tour of the manufacturing districts has some success in quelling Luddite discontent with the foundation of the Hampden reform club network across the country.
East India Company is deprived of monopoly over trade with India.

Art and science

Millenarian prophet Joanna Southcott, made famous by her visions of the second coming of Christ, announces herself 'with child' by the Holy Ghost.
Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice.

International

Victorious Battle of St Pierre near Bayonne led by General Rowland Hill.
Battle of Leipzig ends in defeat for Napoleon.
Wellington's victory at Vittoria leads to British invasion of Southern France.
Americans capture and burn Toronto, defeat British in Battle of Lake Erie and recapture Detroit.

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