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Sir David Wilkie

Sir David Wilkie, by William Henry Hunt, circa 1809 -NPG 2770 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Sir David Wilkie

by William Henry Hunt
circa 1809
5 in. x 3 5/8 in. (127 mm x 92 mm)
NPG 2770

Inscriptionback to top

Signed: W. Hunt.

This portraitback to top

A slight, rapid but effective sketch similar to others which Hunt could produce in profusion without necessarily achieving a high degree of likeness. Wilkie appears to be wearing a similar tam-o'-shanter or Kilmarnock bonnet in Andrew Robertson's miniature exhibited RA 1809 and reproduced in J. J. Foster, Miniature Painters, 1903, I, p 86.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head and shoulders to left in a large greenish-blue painting-hat with a brown lining; dark eyes, dark brown hair, smiling expression; stiff white collar.

Provenanceback to top

Given to the NPG by Thomas Lowinsky in 1935 together with a drawing of Charles Samuel Keene by A. W. Cooper (NPG 2771).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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