Wilkie, David, Sir, 1785-1841

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Birth 1785-11-18
Death 1841-06-01
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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) was a Scottish painter who was appointed painter in ordinary in 1830 and received a knighthood in 1836. For full details of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography .

From the guide to the Correspondence of Sir David Wilkie, with related material, ca. 1806-1849, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

Sir David Wilkie was a painter born in 1785. He was educated under John Strachan, studied in Edinburgh, 1799-1804. He came to London in 1805 and studied at the Royal Academy. He was painter in ordinary under William IV and Victoria. Wilkie was knighted in 1836 and died in 1841.

From the description of Papers, 1820-1840. (College of William & Mary). WorldCat record id: 23807279

Scottish painter.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Mr. Bell, [18--] Apr. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 747616229

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to James Vine, 1824 Jun. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587599

From the description of Autograph letter in third person, not signed : Kensington [London], to Mr. Gosden, 1825 Feb. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270586606

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to Sir George Beaumont, 1819 Jan. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587590

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to Mrs. Cheney, 1835 May 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587593

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Pera, to Baroness Stürmer, 1841 Jan. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270588157

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington [London], to Loftus H. Bland, 1830 Oct. 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587588

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington [London], to Mr. Macdonald, 1820 Dec. 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587606

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Hampstead [London], to an unidentified lady, Monday evening [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587532

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to "gentlemen", 1832 May 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587610

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to Lady Murray, 1840 Jun. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587614

From the description of Autograph letter signed : York and Newcastle, to his brother, 181? Aug. 21-22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270588632

From the description of Letters, 1805-1838. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 81865185

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Mrs. Hutton, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872994

Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) was a genre and portrait painter who gained enormous popularity in his own lifetime through his renderings of rural life and people. Two of Wilkie's paintings that exemplify his focus on rural subjects are Pitlessie fair (1804) and Chelsea pensioners reading the gazette of the Battle of Waterloo (1822). In the mid-1820s Wilkie's style underwent a dramatic shift, progressing from his early genre style to one that contained elements of Romantic boldness. In 1830 Wilkie became the painter to the King of England, a job previously held by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Wilkie traveled to the Holy Land in 1840 and passed away on the ship's return journey. His burial at sea is memorialized in Joseph Mallord William Turner's painting titled, Peace: burial at sea.

From the description of Letters of Sir David Wilkie, 1815-1836. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122443524

1785-1841.

From the description of Portrait of Sir Walter Scott, Reading [painting]. [18--] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270906578

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