Turner was always ambitious to compete with fellow artists in all areas of art. The ecstatic reception given to the first painting David Wilkie showed at the Royal Academy, in 1806, encouraged Turner to show his skill at painting scenes of everyday life. He exhibited this picture at the Academy in the following year, where it hung next to Wilkie’s The Blind Fiddler, shown to the left.
Opinion was divided about who came off better in this competition. One observer said that Wilkie’s painting was ‘flung into eclipse’ by the brighter colouring of Turner’s work.
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