Sir David Wilkie

Study for ‘The First Ear-Ring’

1834

Medium
Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 521 x 368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund 1936
Reference
N04830

Display caption

This study is one of several made between 1832 and 1834, which served as the basis for an oil painting exhibited by Wilkie at the Royal Academy in 1835. That picture, which can be seen in the adjacent gallery, was exhibited with the quotation 'Il faut souffrir pour être belle' ('It is necessary to suffer to be beautiful').

Gallery label, August 2004

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