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Sir David Wilkie, 1785–1841
Sketch for 'The Reading of a Will'
Former Title(s):
The reading of a will. [1820, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on board
7 1/2 x 10 inches (19.1 x 25.4 cm)

Dated center, illegible: "1[?]20"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
armchair | attorneys | bonnet | children | death | family | fireplace | grief | hat | lawyer | men | mirror | mourners | mourning | notary | reading | study (visual work) | will | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Charles Edward Cutts Dirch, Wilkie's Letters to Perry Nursey, The Academy, Academy Publishing Co., London, September 28, 1878, Available via Periodicals Archive Online [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 250-251, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Wilkie, The National Magazine, 1, July 1830, p.33-38, WD 9160 LSF Also available via JSTOR [ORBIS]

Davidson Publisher, Literature and Science, The Literary Chronicle, London, December 23, 1826, p. 815, Available online at British Periodicals Collection II [ORBIS]

Flavia Dietrich, A Picture for the Barvarian King: David Wilkie's The Reading of the Will (1820), British Art Journal, 4, Summer 2003, p. 37-44, N6761 B74 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also available online: Art Source; JSTOR databases [YCBA]

Flavia Dietrich, David Wilkie at Dulwich, British Art Journal, 4, Summer 2003, p. 105, N6761 .B74 Oversize YCBA [ORBIS]

Forthcoming Lectures, The Burlington Magazine, vol. 101, The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd., Burlington, February 1959, p.79, N1 .B87 Oversize Also available online via JSTOR [ORBIS]

Catherine Hoover, The Influence of David Wilkie's Prints in the Genre Paintings of William Sidney Mount, The American Art Journal, 13, Kennedy Galleries, Inc, New York, Summer 1981, p.32, N6505 .A618 Haas Also available online via JSTOR [ORBIS]

Francina Irwin, Wilkie at the Crossroads, 116, The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd., April 1974, p.214, N1 .B87 YCBA [ORBIS]

Leslie Leibensperger Williams, Pinafore Painters: Childhood Genre in Regency and Victorian Art [PhD Dissertation, Indiana University], Bloomington, 1990, p. 353, fig. 13, Available online at ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global [ORBIS]

Arthur S. Marks, Wilkie, Hogarth, and Hazlitt: The Reading of a Will, Its Origins and Legacy, Studies in Romanticism, 48, Winter 2009, H10 .St963 LSF Also available online via JSTOR [ORBIS]

Edward Croft Murray, An Exhibition of Drawings by Sir David Wilkie, R.A. (1785-1841), 74, The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Feb 1939, p.91-93, N1 .B87 [ORBIS]

Royal Academy, The Graphic, 1, London, June 25, 1870, p. 707, SML, Folio Collection [ORBIS]

Sales by Auction, The Times, London, April 14,1842, p.8, Available online via Times Digital Archive [ORBIS]

David H. Solkin, Art on the Line : the Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, , Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2001, p.169, fig. 140, N5054 A78 2001B (YCBA) [YCBA]

The Royal Academy, Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art, 29, J.W. Parker and Son, London, June 4, 1870, p. 737-738, A88 +Sa8 LSF Also available online via British Periodicals II [ORBIS]

Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Autobiography of John Burnet, Bulletin of the American Art Union, New York, November 1850, p. 132-133, J10 +Am358D LSF [ORBIS]

Nicholas Tromans, David Wilkie, the People's Painter, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2007, p. 48-51, 122, fig. 4.4, plate 5, NJ18.W665 T765 2007 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Nicholas Tromans, David Wilkie: A Painter of Everyday Life, London: Dulwich Picture Gallery, p. 24, fig. 9, NJ18. W665 776 2002 (LC) OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Nora Veszpremi, The Emptiness Behind the Mask: The Second Rococo Painting in Austria and Hungary, Art Bulletin: Dec 2014, 96, p. 445, fig. 5, N11 .C4 YCBA [ORBIS]

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