Sir David Wilkie was one of the most important figures in the development of genre or subject painting at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Pictures by him can be seen in this room as well as Galleries 5 and 9. His work borrowed from the example of Dutch and Flemish art of the seventeenth century, which was then proving popular with art collectors. Hazlitt wrote that Wilkie's pictures 'may be considered as diaries, or minutes of what is passing constantly about us'. The creator of this portrait, John Jackson, was primarily known as an engraver.
Gallery label, September 2004