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Sir David Wilkie, 1785–1841, British

Scene from Quentin Durward

Additional Title(s):

Original Sketch for the Tableau of Quentin Durward, performed at Hatfield, January 1833

Part Of:

Collective Title: Quentin Durward

Brown ink with brown and gray wash over graphite on medium, smooth, cream wove paper, mounted on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Mount: 8 1/2 × 11 1/4 inches (21.6 × 28.5 cm) and Sheet: 7 1/4 × 8 3/4 inches (18.4 × 22.3 cm)

Inscribed in brown ink, lower left to lower right: "Isabella | Quentin Durward | Bohemian"; in black ink, on mount, lower left to lower right: "Original Sketch for the Tableau of Quentin Durward, performed at Hatfield. Jan. 1833 | by (the late) Sir David Wilkie"; inscribed verso of mount, lower right: "221 (encircled)"; in blue ink, on sheet attached to mount: "D3461 | Sir David Wilkie RA. 1785-1841 | Quentin Durward. 1832/3. Inscribed in the artist's hand. | Coll: S[...]eyd | Lit: Allen Cunningham, Life of Sir David Wilkie, 1843, | Vol 3. p67. : _Wilkie writing to Sir William | Knighton, 9/1/1833, "The Duke of Wellington about six weeks ago | requested me to assist at the tableaux prepared by the [...] | of Salesb, to be made in the [...] week at Hatfield, since which | I have been in communication with her Ladyship, and have been | making drawings (all from Sir Walter Scott's novels) of the | arrangement of the figures..." | LGD"


Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
capes | caps | daggers (weapons) | hats | literary theme | men | novel | Quentin Durward by Sir Walter Scott, 1823 | swords | tableau vivant | theater (discipline) | woman
Associated Places:
England | Hatfield | Hatfield House | Hertfordshire | United Kingdom
Associated People:
Quentin Durward (character from Quentin Durward)
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