Sir David Wilkie
Thomas Daniell, R.A. 1838

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Sir David Wilkie 1785–1841
Thomas Daniell, R.A.
Date 1838
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 749 x 629 mm
frame: 1007 x 875 x 95 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Mary Ann Fuller 1853
Not on display

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Thomas Daniell specialised in topographical painting, that is, representations of specific landscape scenery. He made his name with a series of prints of views based on his travels in India in 1786–1794. Such ‘exotic’ Indian scenes became the stock-in-trade for Daniell for the rest of his career.

Wilkie presents the painter as a sobre and benign figure recalling, ultimately, the example of Rembrandt’s portraits. The reserved and modest character of the painting is typical of early-nineteenth- century artist’s portraits, which tend to present an image of sturdy professionalism rather than flamboyance or extravagance.

September 2004

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